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Cedric Griffin Activated, D.J. Johnson Placed On IR, Kory Lichtensteiger Uncertain

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Cedric Griffin was added to the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster on Friday as the team placed cornerback D.J. Johnson on injured reserve with a sprained ligament in his left knee.


Griffin was reinstated by the commissioner on Monday following a four-game suspension for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Washington had a week-long roster exemption for Griffin, which allowed him to practice without officially being a member of the active roster.

Whether Griffin resumes his role as the Redskins’ third cornerback on Sunday against Seattle in the NFC wild card round will be a game-time decision, but Shanahan is optimistic he’ll be fit enough to play.

“I hope so,” Shanahan said. “That’s why we’ve got him up.”

Johnson, signed to the Redskins’ active roster on Nov. 6 following a two-week stint on the practice squad, played in seven games. He injured the knee with 13:51 remaining in the first quarter of Washington’s victory over Dallas on Sunday when he was hit awkwardly on a blocking attempt by Cowboys linebacker Kyle Wilber.

Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger did not practice for the third consecutive day after spraining his left ankle against Dallas, which would also appear to put his status in doubt for Sunday. If he cannot play, Josh LeRibeus would make his first career start.

“With him out, I’ve been able to take all the first-team reps in practice and I’m taking all the normal scout team reps, so I’ve been happy,” LeRibeus said.