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Nine months later, Tim Hightower not concerned about his knee

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Redskins running back Tim Hightower started five games last season before he was lost for the season with a torn ACL on October 23. With nine months of rehab behind him, Hightower says he has no concerns.

I feel good,” Hightower told the Washington Post. “I’ve got work to do, but I feel better. It feels good to finally be out there on the field and I’m not watching. . . . I have confidence. I had confidence when I was laying up in the hospital. But I think it’ll get better. It’ll get better with time and it’ll get better with training camp. I’m not worried about it.”

Even if he’s 100 percent healthy, Hightower won’t necessarily be back in the starting lineup when the season starts. When Hightower went down, two rookies — Roy Helu and Evan Royster — filled in for him, and both of them were more effective than he was. Hightower, however, said he’s less concerned about who the No. 1 running back is than about being the best running back he can be.

“Whether that’s starting . . . it doesn’t matter,” Hightower said. “I don’t look at all the stats and all that stuff. All I know is, I want to be the best and I want to be a part of the best. We have a lot of depth at a very good position. We’ll determine that. Our play will determine that and how we push each other is going to determine that. I don’t think anyone has won a job the first day. I don’t think anyone has lost a job the first day. I think we’ve all got to push each other and we’ve all got to make each other better. Come that first game, the best man will be on the field.”

We don’t yet know if Hightower will be the best man. But he says that if he’s not, it won’t be because of his knee.

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12 Responses to “Nine months later, Tim Hightower not concerned about his knee”
  1. commonsensedude says: Jul 26, 2012 9:50 PM

    Hightower is a class act and always tends to say the right things. I like his attitude and am hoping he has a good season.

  2. mattyk72 says: Jul 26, 2012 10:04 PM

    Hightower is a quality vet to have on your team, but I think Helu and Royster will be the main guys this year.

  3. bobgriffinforthewin says: Jul 26, 2012 10:07 PM

    His pass blocking skills will be key for Bob, love our depth.

  4. londonfletcher says: Jul 26, 2012 10:21 PM

    Seems like he’s going to have a hard time winning that starting job back. I have a feeling Helu is going to have a monster season.

  5. bauman007 says: Jul 26, 2012 10:41 PM

    Shanahan made worse rb’s into 1000 yard rushers in Denver

  6. warrenpeacephotography says: Jul 26, 2012 11:31 PM

    Unless Helu or Royster got a lot better, Hightower is still the best pass blocking back on the team.

  7. arzcardinals says: Jul 26, 2012 11:37 PM

    Cards fans will always respect you T!

  8. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:47 AM

    Irg3, bust

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:48 AM

    Bob griffin3 is overated! !!

  10. defscottyb says: Jul 27, 2012 1:36 AM

    The Redskins have a very good problem, 3 talented RB’s and which one to choose. Lots of teams wish they had that problem. The Skins are very deep at alot of positions esp WR (8). Man we are going to be good this year, Hail!

  11. defscottyb says: Jul 27, 2012 1:41 AM

    I think I’m the most excited about the Redskins then I’ve been since the early 90’s. I think the Skins have enough talent now to shock the world. God I can’t wait for opening day.

  12. skinsfan84 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:21 PM

    Saw him yesterday at camp and he was limping a lot. About half-way through he sat out and was stretching it out with the trainers in pain. Hopefully he will be good to go come regular season.

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