Redskins' Minnifield promoted from practice squad

Redskins' Minnifield promoted from practice squad
November 29, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Chase Minnifield promoted from practice squad

(Associated Press)

Cornerback Chase Minnifeld was signed off the practice squad on Friday, filling the roster spot that had been vacant for three days, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. 

Minnifield, a former standout at Virginia, could make his NFL debut Sunday night against the Giants. The 24-year-old was signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in March 2012 but suffered a torn ACL that June, ending his rookie season before it began. 

Minnifield, the son of former Browns defensive back Frank Minnifield, was caught off guard when he was told before practice by Shanahan that he was being promoted.

“I’m glad to get an opportunity and I want to thank everybody that’s been supportive,” Minnifield said. “I just needed to get [NFL] speed underneath my belt and practicing everyday day has been a good situation for me.”

Minnifield takes the roster spot that had belonged to cornerback Jerome Murphy, who was waived Tuesday.

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Shanahan said Minnifield’s versatility is intriguing.

“We feel like he’s earned the right [with] the way he practices, the way he handles himself,” Shanahan said. “He can play the corner or he can play inside in a nickel situation. We like the way he’s developed …and that’s what we’re constantly doing—evaluating guys in practice. We just thought he would be a guy that we should bring up, and we’ll see how it goes.”

“Hopefully,” Shanahan added, “he will stay healthy.”