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Chase Minnifield has had his share of setbacks but has great potential.
Although not part of this year’s crop of UDFAs, Chase Minnifield’s promising career as a Redskins player was cut short by the second ACL tear of his career, having also come off microfracture surgery just prior to the 2012 combine.
Minnifield has just returned to practice with the team, although Shanahan is understandably keen to take his progression slowly. When speaking to Zac Boyer at the Free Lance-Star, the Redskins coach outlined his plans for ensuring Minnifield remains healthy going into the new season:
Anytime a guy comes off a knee injury, we like him to practice when he’s OK, but we don’t want to overdo it, especially when you’ve got a month and a half of recovery time. So, he’s going to practice next week on Tuesday and we’ll probably give him Wednesday off as well.
Minnifield was making excellent progress in camp last year, raising expectations for his contribution to the team. He’s got a huge amount of potential, but it’s important to get him through this year without further setbacks before making projections about his future.
He deserves his place on the list, however, because of his obvious talent.