C. Griffin hopes to play Sunday

C. Griffin hopes to play Sunday
January 2, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Morris, Redskins are peaking at just the right time

Cedric Griffin spent the past four weeks watching the Redskins’ run from afar, hoping that they would make the playoffs.

And now that they have, the veteran cornerback is grateful to have been granted a second chance.

“I’ve been the watching the games on the edge of my seat,” Griffin said. “I’ve been the biggest cheerleader for the Washington Redskins these last four weeks. I’m just thankful for Coach [Mike] Shanahan and [director of football operations Paul Kelly] and everybody for bring me back.”

The NFL suspended Griffin on Dec. 4 for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. When the 30-year-old cleared out his locker stall at Redskins Park that morning, the Redskins were 6-6 and he did not know if he would be coming back.

“Anytime you face embarrassment in the public, it’s kind of tough,” said Griffin, arguably the secondary’s best athlete and hardest hitter. “But at the same time, it’s how you come back. It was a fault on my behalf.”

Shanahan said Griffin appeared somewhat rusty in his first practice and would be evaluated “day-by-day” before the team decides whether he’ll play against the Seahawks.

“He looked like he’s been away for a few weeks,” Shanahan said. “I thought he had a good day of practice.”

Griffin, though, said he’s in shape and could suit up if called upon. If he plays, he would likely return to his previous role as the nickel, replacing rookie Richard Crawford.

“I’m out there practicing, so I’m sure I’ll be out there [Sunday]. I’m in pretty good shape,” he said. “I was track athlete growing up, so my conditioning has never been a problem. I’m in great shape. And if I get my chance to be on the field, I’ll prove it to you guys.”

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