However Griffin explained to the press that he would have been happy to continue suiting up and risking his knee to help the team.
He told reporters: "I'm sure everyone knows by now coach decided to shut me down for the rest of the season. I expressed my desire to play but he explained to me his reasoning, and at the end of the day, coach's decision is what we go by.
"In times like these, you have to lean on what you've been taught in life. My parents, being two military parents, taught me to respect authority. I have to respect what coach says."
The Redskins are currently sitting in last spot of the NFC East with a 3-10 record.