ASHBURN — Washington defensive end Chase Young did not participate in 11-on-11 drills Wednesday with a minor hip flexor injury.
Rivera said Young was being held out as a precaution. The 21-year-old, drafted second overall in April out of Ohio State, was seen with a clear bandage around his hip.
“You’ve got to be smart,” Rivera said. “You don’t want to overwork him or wear him down and (then) the next thing you know he’s going to miss four or five days, so we’re just trying to be smart about that.”
Young made a strong impression in Washington’s first-padded practice Tuesday, overwhelming linemen with speed and strength. On one rep, in particular, Young burst from his stance, collided with tackle Paul Adams and threw the lineman to the ground.
During team drills, he was mixed in with the starters on occasion and also played with the second team.
“We’ll see how he is (Thursday),” Rivera said. “He’s done a really good job. He really has. The more reps he gets, the quicker he’s going to adapt and get used to the things we’re trying to do as a football team.”