Tuesday, July 24, 2012
So much for that Chase Minnifield story
By Dan Graziano
Somebody asked in the chat today whether undrafted cornerback Chase Minnifield, who was grabbing headlines during minicamp, had a chance to make the Washington Redskins' roster. I got distracted and didn't take the question (partly because those "is there a chance?" questions make me crazy, because of course there's a chance or else why would you be asking?), but now the answer is, "No." The Redskins announced Tuesday afternoon that they have waived Minnifield, who has apparently not fully recovered from the knee injury that knocked him all the way out of the draft.
Redskins coaches were raving about Minnifield last month, thinking the knee injury that hurt his 40 time at the combine resulted in them getting a steal. But apparently that injury is also going to cost him the season. If he clears waivers, he'll go on the Redskins' injured reserve list. So while he could eventually play for them, it won't be in 2012.
The Redskins also announced they've signed free-agent cornerback David Jones, who's played for the Saints and Jaguars during his five-year career. But he's probably just a camp body, and Brandyn Thompson, Kevin Barnes and Jordan Bernstine stand to take over the snaps Minnifield would have had in training camp. Barnes needs to show something at one of the outside cornerback spots, since the team was not happy with his work in the slot last year.