ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Commanders defensive end hunt young will miss the season opener at least – and possibly more – due to a knee injury he suffered late last year.
The schedule comes as no surprise given that coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that Young would take the longest of the four players placed on the physically unable to play list. A team source told ESPN earlier this month that Young would return mid-September at the earliest.
But Thursday was the first time Rivera has publicly provided some kind of timeline for Young, the No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft. Washington’s regular-season opener is Sept. 11. Young tore his right ACL on Nov. 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 out the first four games before training, but there is no set number of practices they must take part in before returning.
Rivera later edited that to say he only knew Young “won’t play the first game.” However, there is a possibility that he will open the season on the PUP list or injured reserve. He would miss at least four games if he went to IR.
“It depends on where he is. I can’t tell you that,” Rivera said. “The doctor is the only one who can tell you.
“You want me to give you a number. I can’t give you a number. I don’t want to put pressure on the young man to try to reach a number that I can’t give you.”
Young needed a left knee transplant to help rebuild the ACL. This lengthened his recovery timeline.
“It was a serious injury,” Rivera said. “He’s doing everything he’s supposed to. He’s on time where the doctors think he should be, and as he gets better we can update you. But right now, he’s exactly where he needs to be.”