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Tim Hightower could return to the Redskins this year

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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.

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6 Responses to “Tim Hightower could return to the Redskins this year”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 2, 2012 9:11 AM

    I suppose. But if he has to comeback, that means something has gone wrong and I don’t forsee anything going wrong with the three back attack. Thank you THT, best of luck in your future endevors.

  2. deshackle says: Sep 2, 2012 10:45 AM

    Fine, Tim Hightower could return to the Redskins this year, but who’s the backup quarterback? Drafting Kirk Cousins and his stellar play in the preseason should’ve sealed the fate of Rexx Grossman. The Redskins now have a 52 man roster. As much as I hate the Cowboys they’re not wasting a roster spot on Stephen McGee.

    Cut Tim Hightower and Chris Cooley but keep Rexx Grossman? Come on man!

  3. exibitsman says: Sep 2, 2012 11:55 AM

    I think Timmy higher tower wants to play for REX.
    REX will bring him in for a tryout this week :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  4. londonfletcher59 says: Sep 2, 2012 12:07 PM

    “Cut Tim Hightower and Chris Cooley but keep Rexx Grossman? Come on man!”

    Heard that.

  5. 28skins28 says: Sep 2, 2012 12:21 PM

    deshackle says:Sep 2, 2012 10:45 AM

    Fine, Tim Hightower could return to the Redskins this year, but who’s the backup quarterback? Drafting Kirk Cousins and his stellar play in the preseason should’ve sealed the fate of Rexx Grossman. The Redskins now have a 52 man roster. As much as I hate the Cowboys they’re not wasting a roster spot on Stephen McGee.

    Cut Tim Hightower and Chris Cooley but keep Rexx Grossman? Come on man!

    im no grossman fan by any stretch and like you i was blown away by cousins performance this pre season but theres a difference between cutting older injury prone highly paid veterans and having an entire quarterback depth chart made up of rookies.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 2, 2012 3:23 PM

    After Week 1, non-guaranteed contract. Maybe the same with Cooley if he doesn’t latch on elsewhere.

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