When the Washington Redskins signed veteran cornerback Cedric Griffin in the offseason, they envisioned him as a nickel option and a guy who could also help out at safety.
After Griffin suffered a right hamstring injury in Week 3, he hasn’t been able to help at all, out for the past three games. But he said Wednesday he’s expecting to play Sunday at the New York Giants.
“I’m pretty confident, for sure,” Griffin said. “But we want to go through practice and make sure that everything’s looking well, looking right, and we’ll go from there.”
Griffin was limited in practice last week, so his running around on the field before the Redskins’ game vs. the Minnesota Vikings was more about fitness than trying to play.
“Basically I was just getting a workout in and seeing what the coaches wanted me to do out there,” he said. “Obviously I wasn’t practicing all the way though practice last week, so they wanted me to get a real good workout on Sunday and see what I could do.”
Griffin noted progress in the hamstring, injured Sept. 23 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, and said coach Mike Shanahan wants everyone to be prepared for the Redskins’ NFC East opener at the Giants.
Unlike wide receiver Pierre Garcon, whose right toe injury had been called an issue of pain tolerance by Shanahan, Griffin’s problem is about movement.
“It’s not a pain deal. You want to go out there and be confident; you want to go out there and be a hundred percent,” he said. “You don’t want to let your teammates down. I’m an effort guy, like I say, so a lot of my game is running around, making plays, hitting people, so I want to be for sure that I can go out there and make a difference with my team.”
Just getting back on the field is motivation enough for Griffin. Going up against a team featuring Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz isn’t any extra incentive.
“We’ve faced great receivers every weekend and our guys stand up all the time,” he said. “I’m just going to be another added piece again. I’ll be happy to be back out there, for sure.”