Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young reported to the team’s facility Tuesday for this week’s session of voluntary offseason workouts, a team official said.
The 23-year-old missed the previous week because he was in Colorado, working with a trainer to rehab his knee injury.
Young’s attendance — or lack thereof — at the sessions has become a main point of focus ever since he skipped last year’s voluntary organized team activities to film commercials.
The defensive end defended the decision — “I was making money, baby!” he said, also noting that he continued to work out on his own — but coach Ron Rivera had said he expected Young to be in Ashburn for OTAs. That didn’t happen last week — when team drills could be practiced for the first time — though Rivera said he expected Young to arrive within a few weeks.
Young, though, wouldn’t have been able to participate in team drills even if he had shown up, anyway. The former defensive rookie of the year is coming off a torn ACL that cut his season short after nine games. The injury put an end to a disappointing campaign from Young, who had only recorded 1½ sacks in 2021.
“For Chase, it was a little bit of an awakening,” Rivera said in March, “a bit of a realization.”
Young was one of four absences last week for Washington. Star wide receiver Terry McLaurin skipped the sessions because of a contract dispute, while defensive end Montez Sweat (personal reason) and Cam Sims (birth of a child) also did not attend. A team spokesperson said Sweat and Sims both returned Tuesday in addition to Young.
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