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Chase Young ruled out for season opener against Cardinals

Aug 21, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young (L) talks with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (R) during warmup prior to their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Commanders’ defense will be without a key piece in their season opener against the Arizona Cardinals as star DE Chase Young has been ruled out, according to a report by NFL insider Adam Schefter.

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This is quite the turnaround compared to what Young had originally believed earlier this week.

Chase Young, selected as the 2nd overall pick by the Commanders in the 2020 NFL Draft, made an immediate impact in his rookie season, earning the title of Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 2020, he recovered three fumbles, deflected four passes, and recorded an impressive 12 quarterback hits.

However, since then, injuries have been a speedbump for Young.

In Week 10 of the 2021 season, shortly after his standout rookie campaign, he suffered a devastating torn ACL. This injury not only forced him to miss the remainder of the 2021 season but also sidelined him for the first 14 weeks of the 2022 season.

Now, a neck injury is the latest setback for the young defensive star. Young sustained this injury during the Commanders’ first preseason game. He is now expected to be sidelined until at least Week 3 of the regular season.

The Commanders and Cardinals are set to kick off Sunday at 10 AM.

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