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Washington Chiefs defensive end Chase Young may have trouble recovering from a torn ACL.
According to Arizona Cardinals insider Mike Jurecki, Young recently “re-injured” his knee injury at Von Miller’s rushing camp and officials are unhappy about him going outside the team’s facility for workouts.
Washington placed Young on the active/disabled list two weeks ago, ruling him out of at least the first four games of the 2022 season. He spent training camp on the active/PUP list while recovering from reconstructive surgery after tearing his ACL and MCL in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last November.
Fox Sports’ Ralph Vacchiano recently reported that Young was not expected to return near the midseason. Chiefs head coach Ron Rivera said last month that it was difficult to determine a timetable for Young’s return.
“It’s hard to predict the recovery time as we go through this,” Rivera said in August. “This injury is a little bit more severe than average, and because of that, the timeline is a little bit longer. What is that timeline? I can’t tell you.”
The No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft, Young was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. However, he was limited to just 1.5 sacks in 9 games last season.
The Chiefs begin the 2022 season Sunday at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Young isn’t eligible to return until Oct. 9 against the Tennessee Titans, but it looks like he’ll be out longer than that.
While the youngster is out, James Smith-Williams and Casey Tohill will continue to rotate in his place.