While the biggest injury news to come out of the team facility on Monday had to do with the return of Brian Robinson Jr., head coach Ron Rivera revealed some positive updates regarding other players on the injury front.
Washington will designate center Tyler Larsen to return to practice after working his way back from a torn Achilles late last season, and his presence will help at a position that has been volatile really ever since last season.
"We had both guards at one point, guys that we were projecting to be there. Both had some sort of injury they had to deal with and the other one didn't come all the way back," Rivera explained. "So, when you deal with that, that's tough because you're already down two primary players as far as your depth."
Larsen, who plugged in after Chase Roullier’s injury last season, will join Nick Martin in bringing some stability to that spot. On the other side of the ball, curiosity has bubbled up around the return of Chase Young following the Week 4 mark. Though he has not been cleared to return to action in the way Robinson and Larsen have, Rivera noted that the doctor feels encouraged by how Young looks at this point.
"He's been doing very well, has been trending in the right direction," Rivera said. "Our big thing more so than anything else obviously is we have to wait and see where he is after this week. The doctors are optimistic. They've been pretty promising as far as the reports. It's just that they feel he needs a little bit more time."
Patience in the ramp up process will be the key as the Commanders look to improve their depth at important positions.
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Commanders.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- The Athletic's Ben Standig writes about the Commanders' progress, setbacks
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras writes about the Commanders' running game.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala reports on injury updates.
- The Richmond-Times Dispatch's Michael Philips writes about Rivera's perspective after going 1-3.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier writes about the Commanders' passing game.
- The Washington Post's Candace Buckner reports on the Commanders' loss to the Cowboys.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier writes about the Commanders' penalties against the Cowboys.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about the Commanders falling to 1-3 after a loss to the Cowboys.
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen gives four takeaways from the Commanders' loss to the Cowboys.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras looks at the penalties dooming the Commanders.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras also looks at Ron Rivera's comments about the Commanders' slow start.