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Hamstring Injury Ruining Cedric Griffin’s Excitement To Face Vikings

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – If he hadn’t injured his right hamstring, Cedric Griffin would be more eager for the Washington Redskins’ game against Minnesota on Sunday.

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The cornerback spent the first six years of his career with the Vikings, starting nearly every game since midway through his rookie year. Minnesota advanced to the NFC championship game in 2009 as Griffin had his most productive season with 78 tackles and four interceptions.

But Griffin, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Redskins in March, strained his hamstring early in Washington’s loss to Cincinnati on Sept. 23. He didn’t play in each of the last two games and has been limited in practice since.

“I’m just focused on getting healthy, to be honest,” Griffin said, trying to downplay his interest in the game. “I’m just trying to work my way back into practice and get back on the field.”

Griffin has played mostly as the Redskins’ third cornerback this season, entering in nickel situations with DeAngelo Hall moving to covering the slot.

He has eight tackles in three games and forced a fumble; that play came in the opener, when he stripped New Orleans receiver Marques Colston and the ball rolled through the back of the end zone for a touchback.

Griffin’s familiarity with the Vikings’ defense should offer some assistance to the Redskins. Minnesota has run a cover two under head coach Leslie Frazier, though it has evolved slightly this seasons under first-year defensive coordinator Alan Williams.

“I know the personnel a little bit,” Griffin said. “I know their personalities. I know, like, some of the receivers’ moves, and the DBs, and I could possibly help out. But that’s not what I’m here for. I’m here just to learn the scheme and execute the scheme and help the team get closer to winning.”

Of course, being healthy would be the biggest help.

“I’m trying to get better,” Griffin said. “I wish [the game] was under some different circumstances, because maybe it would be better for sure.”

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