The Redskins decided not to wait around for running back Tim Hightower to make it all the way back from a torn ACL when they cut down to 53 players, but that doesn’t mean his time with the team is finished.
Coach Mike Shanahan may not have revealed his starting running back on Saturday, but he did reveal that Hightower’s days in Washington might not be finished. While explaining the reasons why Hightower was released, Shanahan resisted saying whether it was health concerns or the other backs that led to Hightower’s departure. We’re guessing it was the former, though, because Shanahan sounds open to a return from a healthier Hightower down the road.
“A guy like Tim, I think the world of. He might be back sometime this year. But you have cut down. You have make the decision that’s best for your football team and we went three running backs and a fullback. But it was a tough decision,” Shanahan said, via Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com. “He could come back here. I thought when he did play, he played well.”
Hightower wasn’t eligible to be placed on injured reserve with the designation that he could return later this year because his injury wasn’t suffered this season and he couldn’t go on the PUP list because he practiced and played for the team this summer. That didn’t leave the team with too many other options when cutdown day came, although Shanahan’s affinity for playing different running backs means there could be more options down the road.