He’s been with the Redskins for two years, but cornerback Chase Minnifield still hasn’t played in a regular-season NFL game. He missed last year after tearing his ACL during an offseason workout.
The Virginia grad may finally take the field this season, and it’s not something he’s taking for granted.
“I’m just happy to be out here,” he said. “That’s the thing I’m really happy about, is being able to play the game. I’m having fun and I’m happy every day.”
Minnifield completed his ACL recovery in time to be a part of this year’s training camp, but still faced an uphill battle to make the roster.
However, when cornerback Richard Crawford went down with a season-ending injury on Saturday, it freed up a spot for Minnifield.
“That’s unfortunate, but the game of football is a tough game,” said Minnifield. “You have to take advantage of every day you play the game.”
The U.Va. grad will likely be the team’s fifth cornerback when the final rosters are announced on Saturday. He’ll also get playing time in Thursday’s preseason game against Tampa – he has won the praise of coaches for his technique in preseason games.