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Mike Shanahan: Chase Minnifield Tore ACL In Right Knee In Minicamp

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Chase Minnifield, the former University of Virginia cornerback who went undrafted and signed a contract with the Washington Redskins in April, tore the ACL in his right knee on the final day of minicamp in June, head coach Mike Shanahan said on Thursday.

The 6-foot, 186-pound Minnifield was designated as waived/injured by the Redskins on Tuesday and cleared waivers, and Washington retained his rights and placed him in injured reserve on Wednesday.

Minnifield, the son of Pro Bowl cornerback Frank Minnifield, originally sustained a knee injury in January and underwent arthroscopic surgery. That procedure kept him out of working out for professional scouts at the NFL Combine in February, and when he finally did so on the Virginia campus in March, his lethargic recovery scared many teams off.

The Redskins signed Minnifield, who they considered to be a third-round pick before the injury, to a contract shortly after he was not selected in the NFL Draft in April.

Minnifield’s agent, Brad Blank, acknowledged on Tuesday that Minnifield underwent a procedure performed by team surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. within the past six weeks, but said he did not know the specifics.

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