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Duke Ihenacho | Defensive Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 207
College: San Jose State
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Redskins SS Duke Ihenacho exited the team's third preseason game with a right arm injury.
He is questionable to return. Ihenacho injured his arm making a stop on a running play in the second quarter. Jeron Johnson replaced Ihenacho at strong safety. Aug 29 - 8:40 PM

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CSN Washington expects Duke Ihenacho to open the season as the starting strong safety.

Ihenacho has been getting the majority of first-team reps over Jeron Johnson. The Redskins have more invested in Johnson and aren’t expected to name a starter until late in training camp. Dashon Goldson is the starter at free safety.
Aug 5 - 7:15 PM

Duke Ihenacho is getting the "first crack" at the Redskins' strong-safety job.

He's competing with Jeron Johnson. Our money has been on Johnson, but Ihenacho took all the first-team reps on Thursday. "We’re going to go out there and let them play," coach Jay Gruden said. "Duke’s done a good job so far, and those guys are going to line up and see what happens."
Jul 30 - 8:28 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says Duke Ihenacho is "in the mix" with Jeron Johnson at strong safety.

Playing on a one-year, $660,000 deal, Ihenacho missed all but three games last season with a fractured heel. Perhaps he's "in the mix" in May, but Johnson is expected to earn the starting job opposite FS Dashon Goldson.
May 26 - 2:07 PM

CSN Washington doesn’t consider S Duke Ihenacho a lock for the 53-man roster.

Ihenacho was tendered by the Redskins despite spending all but three games on I.R. last year. With Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson locked in as starters, he’s competing with Phillip Thomas, Trenton Robinson, and sixth-rounder Kyshoen Jarrett for backup duties. Ihenacho needs to prove he’s over his health issues to return as Washington’s No. 3 safety.
May 9 - 9:03 PM

Redskins re-signed exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho to a one-year, $660,000 contract.

Ihenacho, 26 in June, played five snaps last season before fracturing his heel in Week 3. A "box" safety, Ihenacho may be a candidate for a real role in 2015 with both FS Ryan Clark and SS Brandon Meriweather free agents.
Mar 4 - 3:47 PM

Redskins placed S Duke Ihenacho on injured reserve with a fractured heel, ending his season.

Ihenacho was the Redskins' No. 3 safety behind Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark. He also contributed on special teams for Washington.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Redskins S Duke Ihenacho has been diagnosed with a fractured heel, and will be sidelined "several weeks."

In a related move, DB Chase Minnifield has been promoted to the 53-man roster. Ihenacho and Trent Robinson are the top reserves behind starters Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather after the Redskins waived Baccari Rambo.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 02:32:00 PM

Redskins claimed SS Duke Ihenacho off waivers from the Broncos.

Ihenacho lost his role in Denver to T.J. Ward and then couldn't beat out Quinton Carter. But he could have a real role in Washington's annually leaky back end. Ihenacho started 18-of-19 games for the Broncos last year (including playoffs), holding up well against the run.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 01:06:00 PM

Broncos waived SS Duke Ihenacho, S John Boyett and LB Shaq Barrett.

Ihenacho started 18 games last season (including playoffs), racking up 88 tackles and three forced fumbles but getting exposed in coverage. The Broncos decided to bring in T.J. Ward in the offseason, and then Ihenacho lost a camp battle to Quinton Carter.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:04:00 PM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho is on the roster bubble heading into training camp.

Ihenacho started 18-of-19 games last season, including the playoffs, amassing 88 tackles, six pass breakups, and three forced fumbles while playing solid run defense as a first-year starter. The Broncos decided to upgrade on him by signing T.J. Ward in the offseason, leaving Ihenacho in a fight for a roster spot with special teams aces Quinton Carter, David Bruton, and Omar Bolden.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 12:39:00 PM

Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho.

Ihenacho opened last season starting at strong safety, but his playing time was scaled back down the stretch due to struggles in coverage. He also was fairly disappointing as a run defender considering that is theoretically his strength. In an ideal world, Ihenacho would focus on special teams in 2014.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 01:28:00 PM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho is currently in the NFL's concussion protocol.

The concussion occurred in Denver's Week 17 throttling of the lowly Raiders. Ihenacho has been an on-and-off starter for the Broncos this year. He was recently demoted from a full-time player into a part-timer at strong safety.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 03:40:00 PM

The Broncos benched SS Duke Ihenacho in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Titans.

After playing virtually every snap through the first 12 games of the season, Ihenacho saw just 22-of-51 snaps on Sunday. Omar Bolden stepped in at free safety while Mike Adams shifted from free to strong safety. "We wanted to look at Omar," coach John Fox said. "We took a look at some other guys a little bit to develop that throughout the rest of the season."
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho is being evaluated for a concussion.

Ihenacho took a helmet-to-helmet hit from teammate Wesley Woodyard in the second quarter. He was taken to the locker room to undergo further tests, but has been cleared to return to the game.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 09:39:00 PM

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