Chase Minnifield covers Chip Reeves during training camp (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins promoted cornerback Chase Minnifield from their practice squad to the 53-man roster, Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday.

“We feel like he’s earned the right [with] the way he practices, the way he handles himself,” Shanahan said. “He could play the corner or he could play inside in a nickel situation. We just like the way he’s developed and how he’s handled himself. And that’s what you’re constantly doing, evaluating guys in practice. We just thought he’d be a guy that we should bring up and we’ll see how it goes.”

The Redskins had left one roster spot vacant since making a series of moves Tuesday. Minnifield was re-signed to the practice squad in September after failing to make the Redskins’ season-opening roster. The team originally signed Minnifield as an undrafted rookie last year. He missed all of his rookie season because of a knee injury suffered during an offseason practice.

Minnifield said he received the news from Shanahan before Friday’s practice.

“I haven’t really worried about it at all,” Minnifield said. “Just getting out there trying to get better every day. … It’s good. It’s just an every-day thing for me. Whether I’m on the team, not on the team, I’m always gonna just continue to work hard at whatever I’m trying to do.”