The Washington Football Team has now had to deal with two of the most impactful injuries in the NFL this season.
They have already been without veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for several months due to a hip injury. Now, they are going to be without star defensive end Chase Young for the remainder of the season.
The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s upset win over Tampa Bay. Young will underdog surgery to repair his knee, bringing an end to what has been a difficult season for him.
He had 7.5 sacks during his impressive rookie campaign, but he had only registered 1.5 sacks so far this season. Young went down midway through the second quarter of the 29-19 win over the reigning Super Bowl champs.
“He (Young) had some good moments early in the game,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “You do lose the threat of that type of player coming off the edge now. We have a couple workman guys who get an opportunity. We’ll see how they handle it.”
Young had developed into one of the team’s vocal leaders, earning one of the captain roles.
“That’s one of the things you want, a guy who not only says something but at some point will make an impact play,” Rivera said. “That’s the tough part you have to replace. Somebody will have to step up.”
Defensive tackle Jonathan Allen leads Washington (3-6) with six sacks. Defensive end Montez Sweat broke his jaw on Oct. 31 at Denver and is going to miss at least three more weeks. Casey Toohill and James Smith-Williams are expected to be Washington’s starting defensive ends moving forward.
Rivera will pay a visit to his old stomping grounds on Sunday, as Washington travels to Carolina. The Panthers are expected to start Cam Newton at quarterback after he backed up P.J. Walker last week. Newton ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the 34-10 win at Arizona.
Carolina opened as a 2-point favorite, but the combination of the Young and Newton news has pushed the spread to -3.5. Washington is 2-7 against the spread this season, while the Panthers are sitting at 5-5 ATS.
The Football Team’s futures odds are unlikely to change given where they are in the standings. They are currently listed at 1000/1 to win the Super Bowl, according to the Westgate SuperBook.