It’s the news Chicago fans didn’t want to hear. Willy Young is officially listed as doubtful for Monday night’s match up against the Vikings. That would mean that in reality the Vikings can probably can go ahead and assume he won’t play.
Worse than that, it has also been reported that Young’s triceps injury will end his season.
The kind of tear Young has in the muscle will more than likely require surgery, and this will make Young the third defensive starter out for the year for Chicago.
It gets worse. The Bears will also be without starting linebacker Danny Trevathan on Monday night, this is due to a suspension from a Week Four when he put an illegal hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams.
In the four games he played this season, Young had two sacks. This came after a the adjustment from the 4-3 to the 3-4 defense when coach John Fox arrived in 2015. Since then Young has become a solid core of the team, with 7.5 sacks last year and 6.5 sacks the year before that. In 2014, Young had double-digit sacks for the only time in his career.
Will he come back after the injury? This could in fact be the end of the line in Chicago for the 32-year-old pass rusher in Chicago. Next year, his salary spikes from $1 million to $3.5 million, and the cap charge for moving on from Young would be only $900,000. No brainer for a team that needs it’s team healthy, and excuse the pun, young.