Redskins' secondary deals with another challenge

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C. Griffin is third key member lost this season

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.

"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."

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."

Notes » Hall, who had a walking boot on his right ankle during practice, said he will play Sunday. Shanahan said he expects Williams (deep thigh bruise) and linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) to play vs. Baltimore on Sunday. ...

The Redskins promoted offensive lineman Tom Compton to the active roster and also signed defensive back Korey Lindsey and linebacker Kourtnei Brown to the practice squad. Compton was a sixth-round pick in April and was on the Redskins' practice squad all season.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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