The Washington Commanders are hoping their 2nd overall pick from two seasons ago can make his 2022 debut sooner rather than later.
Though head coach Ron Rivera noted "a very good week" of practice from defensive end Chase Young, it appears the former Buckeye still isn't ready to hit the field for Washington and won't be activated prior to this Sunday's game against Minnesota.
"Ron Rivera said 'Chase [Young] had a very good week' but will not be activated in time for the Vikings game. Said in talking to Jeff Zgonina & Ryan Kerrigan, there are some things Young needs to work on to be activated. Also need to make sure his football conditioning is there," said Nicki Jhabvala Friday.
Nearly a year has passed since Young tore his ACL in a November clash between the Commanders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The highly-touted pass rusher out of Ohio State made a return to practice this week for the first time since suffering the injury.
It appears, however, that the Commanders aren't rushing Young back to the field and instead are looking to build up his football conditioning and knock off any potential rust.
The 2020 first-round pick has tallied 9 sacks and six forced fumbles in 24 career games with Washington.
While Washington won't have Chase back in time for their Week 9 matchup with Minnesota, the team is hopeful he can make his 2022 debut in Week 10 against the Eagles.