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Chase Young designated to return from IR ahead of Week 9 vs. Vikings

We break down the news that Chase Young has an ACL injury. What it means for Week 9 and beyond.

Chase Young #99 of the Washington Commanders on the field before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Commanders 25-10. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Thursday update: Young is not on the injury report for Thursday and it appears he’s good to return to the lineup this week vs. the Vikings.

Update: Head coach Ron Rivera doesn’t seem optimistic that Young will be able to play this week. Their Week 10 MNF matchup with the Eagles seems more likely..

The Washington Commanders designated defensive end Chase Young to return from injured reserve, per the team. Washington will have 21-days to elevate him to the 53-man roster and reportedly ramp him up slowly.

Young’s rehab has taken a little longer than many expected, but it appears the team is just being extremely cautious. It doesn’t sound like he will play this weekend against the Vikings, as coach Ron Rivera says:

He will start positional work on Wednesday (today) and be involved with all the installation periods as the team prepares for this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. After that, he will work off to the side with trainers while the rest of the Commanders go through team drills.

The team will monitor how he feels over the course of the week. Rivera emphasized that expectations for Young’s first week of practice must be tempered.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

Young will join a defensive line that has been playing well this season without Young. If he can ramp up and make an impact in the next few weeks, their front line should be even tougher to pass and run on in the coming weeks.