Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson scores a touchdown against the Browns back in 2012. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Redskins announced that they have activated wide receiver Leonard Hankerson from the physically unable to perform list, and that they have cut backup cornerback Chase Minnifield.

Hankerson, a fourth-year pro, tore his anterior cruciate ligament late last season, and spent the offseason and early part of the season working his way back to full strength.

After opening the regular season on the physically unable to perform list, Hankerson was permitted to begin practicing three weeks ago.

Coaches were encouraged by his progress, and last Friday Coach Jay Gruden said that he expected that the team would activate Hankerson by this week’s deadline to make a decision on his future. Had he not recovered fully, the team would’ve had to place him on injured reserve.

Defensive back Chase Minnifield against the Vikings on Sunday. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Minnifield played only sparingly during his short stint on the 53-man roster. He primarily saw action on special teams. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, there is a strong chance that he will re-sign to Washington practice squad.

The Redskins also announced that they released offensive tackle Terren Jones from their practice squad.

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