Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin has been suspended four games, without pay, for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
The suspension begins immediately, Griffin is eligible to return to the team on Dec. 31, the day after the team's last regular season game.
The suspension deals the Redskins’ secondary a blow, if not quite a significant one. Griffin played in 66-percent of the defensive snaps in Monday night’s 17-16 victory over the Giants.
Griffin has suited up for nine games this season, starting one. The 30-year-old seven-year professional missed three games this season with a hamstring pull he suffered against the Bengals.
He also has 33 tackles and has defended four passes.
Griffin's absence creates an opportunity for reserves Richard Crawford, Jerome Murphy or D.J. Johnson. The team will also like sign a roster replacement for Griffin.
Update: Chick Hernandez is reporting that Griffin's suspension is for the use of Adderall.