Redskins notes: One Griffin out; the other lands in Canton

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

…The Redskins’ secondary again must deal with the loss of a player. Suspended cornerback Cedric Griffin is the third key member of the defensive backfield who is done for the season.

Tanard Jackson (suspension) and Brandon Meriweather (sprained knee) also are done. Griffin, suspended Tuesday for taking a performance enhancing drug (Adderall), could return if the Redskins make the postseason. But his locker already was cleared out, and his No. 20 jersey was assigned to a practice squad player.

The Redskins also lost rookie safety Jordan Bernstine to a season-ending knee injury. The coaches were excited about Bernstine’s progress and he might have been able to help in some capacity this season.

“All year anytime we started to get jelling, we get another kink in the chain,” Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson said. “We love the challenge. It’s next man up. That’s your opportunity to make a name.”

Richard Crawford likely will take Griffin’s place. He said he’ll likely play on the outside, where he’s more comfortable. Crawford played in the slot earlier this season, but did not do so in college. He’s smart, but needed to learn. The Redskins hope he has.

Said Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall: “The train’s going to keep going. We’ll throw guys off. We’ll pick guys up. Some guys will jump off. But we’ll keep moving.”

Griffin is the fifth Redskins player to be suspended in the past two seasons. Cornerback Phillip Buchanon, tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams all were suspended last season.

“You have to look at each situation differently,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “We have a lot of good people on our team. I like our team, like where we’re at. A couple situations guys make poor decisions and hopefully will learn from it. … This situation was one I think he wished he had it over again to make that decision. He’s a great kid. I love the kid, how he handles himself.”

Griffin is coming off a solid game vs. New York, with one of his better plays coming when he actually was beaten by a couple steps deep. But Griffin recovered and stuck his hand in to break up a pass to Hakeem Nicks. He provided the Redskins a bigger corner on the outside, one who could get his hands on a receiver.

“Just being physical,” Wilson said. “Just another different kind of element that we can match up.”

Robert Griffin III’s jersey and cleats from the win over the Giants will be sent to the Hall of Fame in honor of him breaking the all-time rookie rushing record for quarterbacks.

“It’s awesome. Everyone wants to be in the Hall of Fame, so we’re in there,” Griffin said. “I’ve got a long career, preferably. This is only the first step. It’s an honor to have my jersey and cleats over there all dirty in the Hall of Fame.”

…Left tackle Trent Williams (thigh), linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) and Hall (ankle) did not practice. Hall said he would play Sunday and Shanahan said he expects Williams and Fletcher to play as well.

…Griffin on the Heisman Trophy finalists: “I watched him [Johnny Manziel] beat Alabama. All of those guys have done a good job, [Manti] Te’o, [Collin] Klein and Johnny. I don’t know who is going to win. I haven’t asked any other Heisman voters what their vote was or who it was for. I don’t plan on disclosing my vote. Any one of those guys that wins definitely deserves it. Johnny is an Aggie, I don’t ever discriminate as far as school goes. A&M was our biggest rival at Baylor, but he has definitely played really well and done a good job helping his team win. I couldn’t be any more proud of him.”

…Offensive lineman Tom Compton said he’s played both left and right tackle during practice when working on the scout team. In training camp he had been limited to the left side.

Compton said he’s much improved from the summer.

“It’s pretty remarkable, the amount of stuff I learned over these 12 weeks,” he said. “I get to watch so much film of guys doing their jobs right. I go against the [starters] every week so going against that front seven helps out so much.”

He said it wasn’t just one area that improved.

“It was making sure I was working on different types of protection and working on my form, sharpening it up,” he said. “A lot of work to be done from the start. Proper footwork, hand placement, knowing where to go on every play. I feel I’ve come a long way.”

 

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