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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Cedric Griffin
Forget even about the start of the season. Meriweather hopes to be doing drills with his teammates by the start of training camp. If he is, the veteran will be the centerpiece of a secondary that could include a few rookies and a much different look than last year.
When Ray Lewis announced Wednesday that this will be his last NFL season, a discussion ensued in the Washington Redskins' locker room. The subject of the Baltimore Ravens legend's retirement led to talk about Redskins linebacker London Fletcher.
Barry Cofield walked into the Washington Redskins' locker room and was a little surprised to see cornerback Cedric Griffin, back after a four-game suspension.
To Richard Crawford, it was so simple. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told him Friday he'd be replacing Brandon Banks on punt returns, so he got his mind right and prepared.
Cedric Griffin's four-game drug suspension has created an opportunity for some of the Washington Redskins' unproven cornerbacks to contribute to a possible postseason push.
Playing defensive back in the NFL has never been harder. They barely can touch a wide receiver past the line of scrimmage. They must master physics while delivering hits over the middle. They must stay in coverage longer and longer against pass-happy offenses and quarterback-friendly rules.
All eyes are on Robert Griffin III, even when he's not in uniform for the Washington Redskins. He was treated to fans at Tuesday night's Wizards game chanting "RG3!"
Even in prosperous times, the Washington Redskins can't get out of their own way.
The Washington Redskins were happy to get Robert Griffin III back Sunday after the rookie quarterback suffered a concussion last week. But Griffin had to make do without his top receiving target yet again.
Facing Drew Brees, the most accurate passer in the NFL a year ago, the pressure figured to be on Robert Griffin III. Even though he wasn't going up against Brees directly, the potential for the New Orleans Saints quarterback to pile up yards and touchdowns seemed daunting.
The Redskins traded Kevin Barnes to the Detroit Lions on Monday, the veteran cornerback confirmed in a phone conversation.
Jay Cutler's answer was short and to the point.
Continuity has been the theme for the Washington Redskins on defense. Barring injury, they should have the same defensive line and linebackers as they did at the end of last season, and coordinator Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme remains in tact.
Bernard Berrian was a surprise healthy scratch for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday against Arizona, the first time in his career the receiver has not played in a game for a reason other than injury.
Brett Favre's name has appeared frequently on the NFL's weekly injury report over 20 seasons of sprains, strains and painful hits.
"I was a track athlete growing all the way up, so my conditioning has never been a problem for myself," he said. "Lifting weights has never been a problem. I'm in great shape, to be honest with you. If I get my chance to get out there on the field, I'm sure I'll get out there and prove it to you guys."
"To me it's just humbling to have the fans, whether it's football fans, basketball fans, chanting or cheering for you," he said. "That just means you're really doing something for the city."