WFT Confirms Torn ACL for Chase Young

After suffering an injury during Washington's win on Sunday afternoon over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; it was confirmed today by Head Coach Ron Rivera that Chase Young has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Young went down in the middle of second quarter, visibly writhing in pain but waived off the medical cart and proceeded, with assistance to walk off of the field nearly 30 yards to the tunnel.

Despite Young's relatively low numbers this year in terms of individual statistics, Washington will definitely struggle to replace the second-year stand out and reigning defensive rookie of the year. Currently, it looks like a rotation headed by a pair of 2020 seventh round picks in James Smith-Williams and Casey Toohill will attempt to cover Young's absence for the time being, with fellow starter Montez Sweat still recovering from a broken jaw he suffered earlier this year. 

Over the course of his inaugural season last year, Young was an absolute wrecking ball along the line of scrimmage accounting for 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 4 passes defended and a touchdown over 15 games. The Ohio State product also logged 44 tackles in 2021, and has proven himself to be a franchise cornerstone and energetic leader in a very short period of time. It is a disappointing circumstance but Young will likely overcome the adversity and continue to have a very successful career.

The WFT is set for a primetime bout against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11 and definitely could have used the help of their star DE but nevertheless will look to climb back into playoff relevance as the second half of the season unfolds.

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