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Duke Ihenacho was placed on the Redskins Injured Reserved list due to a fractured/dislocated left wrist that occurred in the second quarter during the Redskins week one matchup vs. the Dolphins.
This is the second year in a row that Ihenacho ends his season early on the I.R. It's a tough loss for a defense already dealing with a secondary in flux. Trenton Robinson now becomes the first-team strong safety and CB Will Blackmon was signed to provide some secondary depth. Despite the loss of Ihenacho, the Redskins defense played well in week one and look to carry that momentum into their week two matchup against the St. Louis Rams.
According to the Washington Post's Mike Jones, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he's in the mix for the starting strong safety job with Jeron Johnson.
Ihenacho did play as the team's starting safety beside Dashon Goldson during Tuesday's OTAs. Jeron Johnson is expected to win the job, however. Ihenacho only played three games last year due to a fractured heel, and is only playing on a one-year, $660,000 deal.
According to Tarik El-Bashir, there is a chance Duke Ihenacho may not make the roster.
The soon-to-be 26-year-old started 14 games for Denver in 2013, recording a career-high nine tackles against Seattle in the Super Bowl. However, he had a season-ending foot injury after just three games as a Redskin in 2014. Ihenacho is arguably the best bet at safety to make the team outside of Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson. I think the only way he doesn't make the cut is if the team decides to keep just four safeties, and both Akeem Davis and Trenton Robinson wildly impress on special teams to the point where Ihenacho's lack of special teams contribution hurts him enough for him to lose out.
The Redskins announced on Wednesday that they had re-signed safety Duke Ihenacho, who was an exclusive-rights free agent.
Since Ihenacho was an exclusive-rights free agent, he could have accepted Washington's offer, which was a non-guaranteed, one-year deal for $510,000, or retire. The 28-year-old was claimed by Washington off of waivers from Denver at the start of last season. In 2014, he played just three games as a reserve before breaking a bone in his left foot and missing the season as a result. The other two safeties Washington currently has signed are sophomores Phillip Thomas and Akeem Davis.
Redskins backup safety Duke Ihenacho was placed on season-ending injured reserve on September 22nd due to a nagging heel injury.
Ihenacho may ultimately find a starting role with Washington in 2015, but is not worth a roster or IT spot at this point.