Duke Ihenacho, a strong safety who was cut by Denver as it faced the 53-man roster deadline on Saturday, was claimed off waivers by the Redskins on Sunday, a person familiar with the matter confirmed.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Ihenacho started 14 regular-season games, and all three playoff games — including the Super Bowl — last season for the Broncos. He finished with 73 tackles, including three a Week 8 victory over the Redskins, and forced three fumbles. He had nine tackles in the Super Bowl XLVIII loss to Seattle.
Ihenacho’s claim by the Redskins was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.
Washington could use top-level safety help in the wake of a suspension to starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather, who will miss the first two games after having his appeal upheld on Saturday.
Ihenacho went undrafted in 2012 out of San Jose State, where he was a three-time all-WAC defensive back.
The Redskins have until Sunday evening to make a corresponding roster move.