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Draft Scout Tim Hightower News
05/02/13 - The Giants re-visited with former Cardinals and Redskins running back Tim Hightower this week. Hightower, who first met with the Giants last month after the start of free agency, is being considered for a possible role as the team's third-down running back. However, he's unlikely to sign with the Giants until after the team has a chance to look at some younger prospects during its annual rookie minicamp on May 10-11.
08/26/12 - The last time that Tim Hightower had carried the football against an opponent, his left knee gave way. So when Hightower got the call with 2:30 remaining in the first half against Indianapolis, it was a big moment.
It became even sweeter when Hightower, who tore his left ACL last Oct. 23 at Carolina, ran outside and cut back inside for an 18-yard scamper on third-and-2 at the Colts' 5-yard line to set up Robert Griffin III's touchdown toss to Santana Moss.
"It was special, man," Hightower said, grinning although he managed just 11 yards on five subsequent touches which included a catch. "I think I hugged my coach and the trainers about 18 times. It's really been a long road. I'm in the ballgame. I'm not on the sideline and that's all you can ask for."
Hightower was the starter when he was injured, but he, successor Roy Helu and Helu's successor, Evan Royster, have combined for just 18 carries this preseason, fewer than half as many as rookie Alfred Morris has on his own, so who'll get the nod on Sept. 9 at New Orleans remains very much in doubt.
--David Elfin, The Sports Xchange
08/19/12 - RB Tim Hightower could face the Colts after being held out of the first two preseason games while recovering from a torn ACL.
05/14/12 - RB Tim Hightower is ready to give it another run in Washington.
The 25-year-old unrestricted free agent signed on Monday to stay with the Redskins, continuing a tenure that was interrupted in 2011 by a torn ACL. Hightower played in five games for the Redskins in 2011, carrying the ball 84 times for 321 yards and one touchdown and making 10 catches for 78 yards and one touchdown. He was sidelined by the torn ACL in Week 7 against the Panthers and missed the remainder of the season. Washington went 5-11 in 2011, finishing fourth in the NFC East, but were 3-2 with Hightower in the lineup. In three seasons with the Cardinals, Hightower did not miss a game. He came to the Redskins via trade following a 2010 season that saw him post careers highs in rushing attempts (153), yards (736) and yards per carry (4.8). To make room for Hightower on the roster, the Redskins waived tight end Rob Myers.
01/04/12 - RB Tim Hightower, the starting running back until he tore his left ACL on Oct. 23 at Carolina, has played in just six games for the Redskins. However, the pending free agent, an Alexandria, Va. native very much wants to stay put now that he's back home after playing his first three seasons in Arizona.
"I love this organization," said the 25-year-old Hightower. "I didn't realize exactly how much it would mean coming back here and having a chance to play here, being around your family and the fans and going places around this city. It was special for me and I would like to play here for a long time. It would mean a lot for me to be back here."
Hightower said the fine play of rookie running backs Roy Helu (three 100-yard games in five starts) and Evan Royster (100-yard games in both of his starts) after he was hurt doesn't change his outlook.
"I'm not concerned," Hightower said. "I'm not Evan. I'm not Roy and they're not me. I say that with no disrespect. They've done an excellent job. But I know who I am. I know my capabilities and what I bring to the football team."
As for when or if he might re-sign with the Redskins, Hightower said, "It wouldn't be right for me to be talking contract right now. My knee's not where it needs to be. When all that rehab stuff is done, the contract will take care of itself. I know (by the time) the season starts, I'll be 100 percent full speed."