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Redskins quick takes: CB Griffin returns

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

1. Redskins corner Cedric Griffin will return to the roster this week, after missing the past four games while suspended for taking a performance enhancing drug (Adderall). However, coach Mike Shanahan said it depends on what sort of shape he’s in as to whether or not he’ll play vs. Seattle. The Redskins could not talk to Griffin while he was suspended, but Shanahan said he talked to him Monday.

“He said he’s in good shape,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully there’s no setback.”

If there isn’t, then Griffin would be activated to the 53-man roster.

2. Redskins left guard Kory Lichtensteiger sprained his left ankle – he left the stadium in a walking boot – but his status won’t be updated until Wednesday.

3. Shanahan said he was not planning to have all three quarterbacks active. But when safety DeJon Gomes could not play because of his sprained knee, Shanahan said there was no one left who could help them on special teams so he opted for Rex Grossman.

4. Yes, Shanahan was not happy that Dallas was not called for a delay of game on its first touchdown (the pass to tight end Jason Witten). The play clock hit :00 for nearly .9 of a second before the ball was snapped.  “It was clearly not snapped,” Shanahan said. “They just missed it… From my opinion, it was just a mistake.”

5. Shanahan said he’d prefer his son, Kyle, waits until after the season to interview for potential head coach’s openings. No Redskins assistant can interview until after the wild card round concludes.

“You got a job to do and you should do that first,” Mike Shanahan said. “After the season if someone wants to interview him, then I think there’s great opportunities.”

6. Though Kyle Shanahan has received praise for his game plans and play-calling, it’s uncertain how much interest he’ll draw at only 32 years old. Two NFL sources say they don’t think he’s yet a serious candidate. But it also only takes one team to be interested for that to change. The better Washington does, the more his name will surface.

And, as one league source said Sunday, there’s no rush for someone such as Shanahan knowing that the Redskins’ offense should be good for a while thanks to Robert Griffin III. If the offense continues rolling, he’ll have a choice of jobs within a few years.

7. Shanahan on Kai Forbath’s miss: “[Danny Smith] cut him since he missed that kick… We’ll allow him one miss. That’s OK.” Do I need to point out that he was kidding at first?

8. The coaches allowed themselves several hours to celebrate after Sunday night’s win. “I didn’t get too concerned about [the Seahawks] last night,” Shanahan said. “We were trying to celebrate a little bit. We had two or three hours before we got back over here… I have a lot of respect for them. Their defense is playing at a high level. On offense they’ve been able to run and score points. They’re very well-coached and very well disciplined and playing well in all areas.”

9. Griffin had to switch out helmets three to four times during the game thanks to a malfunctioning headset.

10. Shanahan on rookie guard Josh LeRibeus, who played about 20 snaps in place of Lichtensteiger Sunday, “He did a very good job. He’s a guy I had no reservations about putting in…. He came from a system that was quite different than the system we were running so it takes time. He’s extremely bright and powerful. I liked the way he handled himself. You can see he brings dimensions of quickness and toughness.”

11. Yes, Shanahan is not so focused on winning a Super Bowl that he couldn’t enjoy what his team accomplished with their seven-game streak and subsequent division title.

“You have to have strong character to take criticisms and keep on fighting,” he said, “and not worry about what’s being said, players as well as coaches.”

 

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