Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
7 months ago

Young (ribs) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Lions, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

Young saw his streak of five consecutive games with a sack come to an end last week against the Buccaneers, but he'll attempt to end the season on a high note Sunday. The rib injury limited him in his two practice appearances this week, however, which could result in a smaller snap count.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
7 months ago

Young accrued four tackles and a sack in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Redskins.

EDGE Analysis

Young's sack can be partially attributed to the Bears secondary providing sound coverage on the play, but the outside linebacker still did well to finish off the tackle. He's now notched a sack in four straight weeks, boosting his total to 5.5 for the campaign.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
8 months ago

Young will start Sunday against the Redskins with Pernell McPhee (knee) ruled inactive, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

McPhee had been limited enough by the injury in last week's loss to the 49ers to the point where he and the Bears' other three outside linebackers -- Young, Lamarr Houston, and Sam Acho -- had all seen a similar amount of snaps. McPhee's absence for Sunday's game will allow the three healthy outside linebackers to see a slightly increased workload, with Young probably representing the most appealing IDP option of the trio. Young has collected 3.5 sacks over his last three games.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
8 months ago

Young recorded three tackles and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Young has generated at least one sack in each of the last three weeks, as he finally seems to be growing comfortable with his role as a stand-up outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme. He played 34 snaps in Sunday's game to tie Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston for the lead among all the Bears' outside linebackers, so he should continue to maintain a prominent role for the remainder of the season.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
10 months ago

Young recorded his first sack of the season in Sunday's 18-17 win over the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

After an outstanding 10-sack season with the Bears in 2014, Young found himself on the roster bubble through most of training camp with the team transitioning to a 3-4 system that made the longtime down lineman an awkward scheme fit at outside linebacker. As a result, Young had seen limited snaps through the Bears' first four games while assuming a backup role, but he gradually seems to be getting a little more comfortable. Although it appears Lamarr Houston and Sam Acho will serve as the primary replacement for the recently-traded Jared Allen, Young will continue to rotate in off the bench in pass-rushing situations.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
10 months ago

Young was left inactive in the Bears' Week 3 loss to the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

Though he faced the stiff challenge of transitioning from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker while also working his way back from a torn Achilles' tendon, Young managed to earn a roster spot out of training camp. However, he still appears to be a clunky fit in the Bears' scheme, which has been reflected in his low snap counts in Weeks 1 and 2 in addition to the healthy scratch in Week 3. After Jared Allen was dealt to the Panthers on Monday, Young could have an opportunity to draw back into the active ranks for Sunday's game against the Raiders, but he still appears to remain behind Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, and Sam Acho in the pecking order at outside linebacker.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
11 months ago

Young (Achilles) looks to be on the roster bubble heading into the Bears' final two preseason games, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's quite unusual for a player coming off a double-digit sack season to be at risk of losing his roster spot, but that's precisely the position Young finds himself in after tearing his left Achilles tendon last December and then seeing a new regime take over in the offseason. As a byproduct of returning from a serious injury, Young has been limited to an extent during training camp thus far, and saw only 11 snaps in his preseason debut last week. As a result, Young currently finds himself behind four players at outside linebacker on the Bears' latest depth chart, perhaps pitting him and David Bass in a job battle for the final spot at the position.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
1 year ago

Young (head) remains "week-to-week" due to his recovery from a torn Achilles, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Coach John Fox said Wednesday the Young is logging time with the Bears' medical staff during the offseason program. Moreover, the defensive end's rehab remains "on target," though it remains to be seen when Young will be cleared for contact. Consider him questionable for the start of training camp.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
2 years ago

Young tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot during Sunday's loss to the Lions, The Chicago Tribune reports.

It was already known that Young won't play in Week 17, and he now faces a challenge to be ready for training camp next season. He impressed in the first season of his three-year-contract, piling up 40 tackles (29 solo), 10 sacks, a forced fumble, two passes defensed and a blocked kick in 15 games. David Bass is the leading candidate to start at left defensive end in Week 17 against the Vikings.

Willie Young
LB CHI (9)
2 years ago

Young (Achilles) will not play in Week 17 against the Vikings, ESPN's Mike C. Wright reports.

Young sustained the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game, and with the Bears already eliminated from the playoff race, it will effectively end his season. He'll finish the year with a total of 40 combined tackles and 10 sacks, and leave either David Bass or Cornelius Washington to pick up the reps he leaves behind.