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Cedric Griffin Eligible To Return To Redskins Following Month-Long Suspension

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Cedric Griffin, who was suspended by the NFL on Dec. 4 for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, is eligible to return to the Washington Redskins but may not necessarily play in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday, head coach Mike Shanahan said.

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Shanahan’s concern is whether Griffin, who was prohibited from having any contact with the team during the duration of his suspension, is fit and in playing shape. The Redskins will be granted a week-long roster exemption by the league, freeing them up from the immediacy of making a transaction with their 53-man roster.

“He will return,” Shanahan said. “He’ll get a chance to practice this week with us. We can decide at the end of the week if he’s in shape or not so we don’t have to make a decision until the end of the week, and we’ll see how he is, what type of shape he’s in and if he’s able to help us.”

Griffin, 30, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in March and played in nine games for the Redskins this season as their primary nickelback. He had 33 tackles, broke up four passes and forced a fumble in the season opener at New Orleans and missed three games with a strained hamstring earlier in the year.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Griffin argued his suspension, which resulted in a positive test for amphetamines, was for the use of Adderall, which is typically prescribed for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and increases focus.

Both Richard Crawford, a rookie taken in the seventh round, and D.J. Johnson filled in as the third cornerback during Griffin’s absence. But Griffin, in his seventh season, is a much more physical cornerback than the other two.

“Any time a guy’s out for four weeks, you’re hoping he can come in and help you just like he was when he left,” Shanahan said. “But we’ll see that as we go through practice.”

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