Washington Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin was suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Griffin’s suspension was announced Tuesday and begins immediately. He will miss the rest of the regular season and be eligible to return to the active roster Dec. 31, following the team’s Dec. 30 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Griffin signed a one-year deal with a $1.25 million salary with the Redskins in March after six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The 30-year-old defensive back has been a regular in nickel packages and has 33 tackles and a forced fumble. He also missed three games with a hamstring injury.
Patriots’ Edelman on IR
The New England Patriots are dealing with another injury. Elusive punt returner and former Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman went on injured reserve with a foot injury. The Patriots already have played the last several games without tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive end Chandler Jones and left guard Logan Mankins, all key players. Gronkowski has a broken forearm, Jones has a sprained ankle and Mankins has dealt with hip, calf and ankle problems this season.
But as the injuries piled up, so have the wins. The Patriots’ sixth straight victory last Sunday, 23-16 over the Miami Dolphins, clinched first place in the AFC East and gave them a 9-3 record. That streak will be on the line on Monday night when they’re home against the Houston Texans (11-1).
Peyton Manning precise
So much is made of what Peyton Manning’s passes look like after four neck operations and a season away from football.
Do they wobble? Do they spiral? Do they dip or dive? No matter, they’re almost always on target. The Denver Broncos quarterback is completing 68 percent of his throws, just shy of his career high of 68.8 percent set in 2009 — and that’s with his top two targets dropping 15 passes.
Manning completed at least 70 percent of his throws eight times this season, tying his career high. He’s also on pace to throw for 4,669 yards, which would be 31 yards short of his career best.
“I think it’s pretty historical,” coach John Fox said. “I wish we’d documented the process, to be honest with you. He had to come back from the injury he had, the residual of the injury he had. It takes a special guy to come to a new team, new teammates, new city — everything about it is new other than the conference — it’s pretty amazing, actually.”
Seahawks waive Edwards
The Seattle Seahawks cut wide receiver and former Browns player Braylon Edwards after a season during which he had little impact on the offense and placed starting left guard James Carpenter on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list. Edwards was waived with an injury distinction, but no specific injury was cited. The Seahawks now have just five healthy wide receivers. Edwards had eight catches for 74 yards and one touchdown in 10 games.
Steelers’ Taylor out
Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor will miss at least two weeks with a fractured right ankle, meaning his streak of playing in 135 consecutive games will end on Sunday, when the Steelers (7-5) host reeling San Diego (4-8).
Though Taylor doesn’t need surgery, the Steelers will have to rely on second-year reserves Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown against San Diego and Dallas, both of which have two of the more physical receiving corps in the leagues.