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He had a hard time making his way down the hall. Not because he couldn't walk, though a cane slowed him. What slowed him more were all the hugs and well-wishes he received. But the Redskins players were just happy to see Drew Hixon moving on his own.

After spending part of his last college season in a coma, that alone is a victory. Hixon, a receiver at Tennessee Tech, was injured in a Sept. 11 game at South Florida. He's now at home doing outpatient rehab and is talking somewhat normally.

One Redskins staffer said they had tears in their eyes after talking to Hixon, who was an intern for the Redskins this summer.

A number of players stopped Hixon as he walked to the lunch room, with Laveranues Coles giving him a big hug and saying, ''Hey, buddy! How ya doin'?''. And quarterback Mark Brunell told him several times, ''You're a miracle.''

Stan Hixon said it made for their most special Thanksgiving.

''Most definitely,'' Hixon said. ''The whole family was together.''

. . . Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin didn't practice again Thursday. Though he's listed as probable, it's odd for someone with such a listing to miss consecutive practices. Meanwhile, Randy Thomas worked, but is still not expected to play.

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