Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin said Wednesday he plans to participate fully in practice this week in hopes that his injured hamstring is healed enough for him to play Sunday during Washington’s NFC East opener against New York. 

Griffin, who has missed the past three games, warmed up prior to Sunday’s contest against Minnesota, but said the plan never was for him to play against the Vikings.

“Basically I was just getting a workout in and seeing what the coaches wanted me to do out there,” Griffin said. “I wasn’t practicing all the way through practice last week, so they wanted me to get a real good workout on Sunday and see what I could do.”

Griffin said Coach Mike Shanahan’s plan has been to try to make sure Griffin is ready to play against the Giants – Washington’s first divisional opponent of the season – and noted that he is confident he’ll do so.

Barring any setbacks, Griffin said he would participate fully in practice this week.

“It’s not a pain deal,” Griffin said. “You want to go out there and be confident. You want to go out there and be 100 percent. You don’t want to let your teammates down. I’m an effort guy, so a lot of my game is running around and making plays and hitting people. So I want to be for sure that I can go out there and make a difference for my team.”