Injury News: Eagles will avoid key Washington defender in their Week 3 matchup
Emotions will be through the roof when the Eagles travel down to Washington to take on the Commanders in Week 3, for obvious reasons.
Carson Wentz facing the team that once believed he was their franchise quarterback, the first NFC East matchup of the season for both squads, the headlines will write themselves for this one.
Fortunately for Jalen Hurts and the Eagles, they’ll avoid facing one of the best young pass rushers in the league when Week 3 rolls around. On Tuesday, Washington announced that they have placed Chase Young on the reserve/PUP list, meaning the star defensive end will miss at least the first four games of the 2022 season.
The second overall selection of the 2020 NFL Draft tore his ACL during a Week 10 matchup with Tampa Bay last season. While there was some optimism that Young would be fully healthy by the start of the regular season, his placement on the PUP list isn’t all that surprising.
When speaking with “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan prior to training camp, Washington head coach Ron Rivera said he expected Young to miss “a little bit of time” during the regular season and that he would “probably” start the year on the PUP list.
Along with Young, the Eagles will also avoid rookie wideout Jameson Williams in their opening day matchup with Detroit. He too is recovering from a torn ACL and was placed on reserve/non-football injury list Tuesday, forcing the rookie to miss the first four weeks of the season.
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Since entering the league in 2020, Young has been a menace for opposing quarterbacks. He racked up 44 combined tackles, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumbles recoveries, and a touchdown during his rookie campaign, en route to winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. In two career games against the Eagles, Young has tallied 2.5 sacks, four solo tackles, and a fumble recovery.
While the Wentz vs. Philly storyline will be the most talked about aspect of the teams’ Week 3 contest, the absence of Young may prove to be the more important factor on the scoreboard.
Chase Young’s stat line today:— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) December 14, 2020
2 QB Hits
2 Passes Defended
1 Forced Fumble
1 Fumble Recovery
Mandatory Credit: Ricky Carioti | The Washington Post