- The Washington Times - Friday, November 26, 2004


Cornelius Griffin returned to Washington Redskins practice yesterday, leaving the club encouraged about the defensive tackle’s chances of playing Sunday in Pittsburgh despite his injured hip.

Griffin, who missed last week’s game at Philadelphia with a hip pointer, remains listed as questionable on the Redskins’ injury report. The club’s top defensive lineman and Pro Bowl candidate will be re-evaluated after today’s workout at Redskin Park.

“We feel pretty good about him, and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” assistant head coach for defense Gregg Williams said. “I’m optimistic. He keeps telling me that he is a quick healer, and I want to believe him.”

Kicker John Hall, out the last six weeks with a pulled groin, also participated fully in yesterday’s practice and appears on track to return to action Sunday. Hall is still listed as questionable.

“He looked good today,” Williams said. “He was drilling the ball.”

Defensive tackle Jermaine Haley, however, was sidelined for the second-straight day with a knee injury and remains doubtful for the game against the Steelers.

The Redskins held a rare early-morning workout yesterday, with players given the afternoon and evening off so they could spend Thanksgiving with their families. They’ll return to their normal practice schedule today.

Mark Zuckerman

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