Prior to training camp, Tim Hightower was pegged by many as the starter in Washington’s backfield after his seat was kept warm for the first few weeks of the season while he recovered from an ACL tear. That depth chart projection was made despite Mike Shanahan’s hobby of treating running backs with the same indecisiveness that a child brings to the ice cream aisle.
It was based on the assumption that Hightower would recover from his knee injury in a relatively timely manner, since you know, everyone can recover from ACL tears just as fast as Adrian Peterson. The plan appeared to be going swimmingly when Hightower was healthy enough to make his preseason debut two weeks ago, and he had 28 rushing yards on five carries. But then his knee swelled up, and in the world of figurative backyard running back mercy killings, the end was near.
Today is roster cut down day when every team needs to trim down to 53 men by 9 p.m. ET, and Shanahan pulled the trigger. Hightower will reportedly be cut, according to Redskins beat reporter Grant Paulsen.