The Washington Times - December 4, 2012, 12:24PM

The NFL on Tuesday suspended cornerback Cedric Griffin four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He will miss the rest of the regular season.

Griffin, 30, is Washington’s third cornerback; he plays on the outside against multi-receiver sets, when DeAngelo Hall moves inside to the slot.

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He has 33 tackles, four pass breakups and one forced fumble in nine games this season. The Redskins won two of the three games Griffin missed with a strained right hamstring earlier this year.

Rookie Richard Crawford played in his absence. He has been inactive for the last five games.

Newly-signed cornerback DJ Johnson also might play more with Griffin out. He played two snaps in Washington’s victory over New York on Monday.

Griffin is suspended without pay. He will lose out on $294.118, which is 4/17 of his annual salary of $1.25 million. He is eligible to return to the active roster after the regular season finale, so he could participate in the postseason if the Redskins qualify.