Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young left the team’s 34-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in the second quarter with a groin injury.
It wasn’t what Washington needed in a game it could have won; nor is it what it needs with the Baltimore Ravens up next.
Washington coach Ron Rivera said both Young and defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis will get checked out Monday to determine the extent of their injuries. Ioannidis left the game in the first half with an arm injury.
Washington hosts Baltimore next week. The team doesn’t want to lose Young for any game, but especially not one that pits it against a quarterback such as Lamar Jackson.
Young, the No. 2 overall pick in the April draft, had been what Washington hoped for in the first two games — recording 2.5 sacks and playing the run well.
Young returned to the sideline in the second half Sunday, with his right thigh heavily wrapped. Instead of delivering hits on the field late in the game, he was reduced to giving pep talks to quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins had thrown three interceptions in the game; he said Young told him Young would still root for him even if “we were down 40.”