Defensive back to miss final four games of year
The Redskins feel-good vibe took a hit Tuesday. Cornerback Cedric Griffin has been suspended without pay for the final four games of the season after violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to a statement by the NFL. Team sources said Griffin tested positive for Adderall.
He'll be eligible to return if the Redskins make the playoffs. The fact that the suspension has been announced means that Griffin already has gone through the appeal process.
He's the second Redskins defensive back to be suspended for drug use this season; safety Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely in the preseason for his third drug violation. Last season, left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis missed the final four games after multiple positive drug tests.
This hurts the Redskins' secondary as Griffin was their third corner and had played well of late. There's a dropoff between Griffin and corner D.J. Johnson and rookie corner Richard Crawford. Griffin's size helped on the outside and enabled DeAngelo Hall to cover in the slot. Crawford hasn't played since Oct. 14 and has played in six games overall. The Redskins weren't happy with his special teams performance, but he can cover in the slot which would allow Hall to play outside if they choose.
Griffin, a free agent after the season, missed three games earlier this season against Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Atlanta because of a hamstring injury. The Redskins went 1-2 in those games and surrendered multiple big plays.
Griffin's suspension was announced within minutes after coach Mike Shanahan addressed the media, so he was unavailable for comment.
Notes » Hall showed up for his weekly radio appearance on WJFK-FM on crutches, though he told hosts Chad Dukes and LaVar Arrington that he only had a sprained ankle and would play Sunday vs. Baltimore.
... Shanahan said he did not mention the salary cap penalties to the players in preparation for facing the Giants. Their owner, John Mara, chairman of the NFL's management committee, headlined those who sought to remove $36 million in cap space.
"I never talked to that with any of our players," Shanahan said. "It fired me up. Sure it does."