Here is what to watch for this week as the Redskins prepare to face the Seahawks in the first round of the NFC playoffs.
—Does Cedric Griffin get activated? The Redskins’ nickel corner has been away from the facility since Week 14 after his suspension for violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Mike Shanahan said that he needed to make sure that Griffin is in football shape before activating him. The team gets a roster exemption for him until the end of the week. If he’s good to go, look for either D. J. Johnson or Jerome Murphy to get released.
—Is Kory Lichtensteiger healthy? The left guard had to go out with a sprained ankle against the Cowboys and Josh LeRibeus filled in for 22 snaps. Lichtensteiger left the stadium in a boot. Mike Shanahan did not offer much detail on the injury on Monday, saying only, “Hopefully he’ll be alright.” We will see if he practices today.
—How’s the knee of RG3? It’s really simple—the healthier the right knee of Robert Griffin III is, the better chance the Redskins have of winning on Sunday. The injury bothered him a lot against the Eagles on Dec. 23 and it bothered him some last Sunday night against the Cowboys. Will it be back to 100 percent? We might get some clues as to how much better the knee is doing during the week.
—The Redskins are three-point underdogs at home. They generally don’t pay much attention to who’s favored and so far this year they haven’t played the disrespect card, at least not publicly. But this week might be different since they are at home and the Seahawks have been a middling team on the road. We will see what the players have to say about being home dogs.
—A war of words? The Redskins have been very careful to be respectful when talking about their upcoming opponents. Seattle doesn’t seem to have any loose canons either. But the playoffs can sometimes bring out emotional responses to questions and we will be on the lookout for bulletin board material from both sides during the week.