Cedric Griffin is a good kid who “made a bad decision,” Mike Shanahan says


Giants’ WR Victor Cruz catches a pass Monday as Redskins’ CB Cedric Griffin defends (John McDonnell/Washington Post).

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that he likes cornerback Cedric Griffin but believes Griffin “made a bad decision” that led to the defensive back’s  four-game suspension for use of a performance-enhancing drug.

“It’s always tough to lose a football player, a guy who was doing a good job for us,” Shanahan said.

Griffin’s suspension, which a source said is for use of the ADHD drug Adderall, is without pay. It runs through the rest of the regular season. Shanahan said the team will decide after the suspension ends whether Griffin will remain with the Redskins.

Another Redskins cornerback, DeAngelo Hall, suffered a sprained ankle. But Shanahan said he expects Hall to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Shanahan said he also expects linebacker London Fletcher and left tackle Trent Williams, who played through injuries Monday against the New York Giants, to play Sunday.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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Mark Maske · December 5, 2012