ASHBURN, VA – Defensive End for Washington Leaders Chase Young He will miss at least the opening game of the season – and possibly more – due to a knee injury he suffered late last year.
The schedule is not surprising given that coach Ron Rivera said on Tuesday that Young would take the most time out of the four players on the list who are physically unable to perform. A source on the team had told ESPN earlier this month that Young would be back in mid-September at the earliest.
But Thursday was the first time Rivera publicly offered any kind of schedule to Young, the No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft. The first regular season game was for Washington on Sept. 11. Young tore the right anterior cruciate ligament on November 14.
At one point, Rivera said Young would open the season on the PUP roster, meaning he would miss at least four games.
Players must sit for the first four matches before training, but there is no set number of drills they must participate in before returning.
Rivera later modified it to say he only knew Young “would not be playing the first game”. However, there is a possibility that the season will open in the injured PUP or Reserve roster. He will miss at least four matches if he goes to IR.
“It just depends on where he is,” Rivera said. “I can’t tell you.” “A doctor is the only one who can tell you.
“You guys want me to give you a number. I can’t give you a number. I don’t want to pressure the guy into trying to hit a number. I can’t give you a number.”
Young needed a graft from his left knee to help rebuild the ACL. This lengthened the timeline for recovery.
“It was a serious injury,” Rivera said. “He does everything he’s supposed to do. He’s on time as much as doctors think he should be, and as he gets better we can update you. But for now, he’s in the right place he needs to be.”
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