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Draft Scout Tim Hightower News
04/01/17 - RB Tim Hightower signed with the 49ers on Saturday, adding depth to their backfield. General manager John Lynch made the announcement on Twitter: "#Faithful - We've agreed to terms w/ @Tim_Hightower. We got better this week with Tim and @DuJuan_Harris. #brickbybrick #welcometothefamily."
Hightower, 30, joins running back DuJuan Harris, who re-signed with the 49ers earlier this week, as backups to starter Carlos Hyde. Hightower has ties to new head coach Kyle Shanahan, as both were with the Washington Redskins in 2011. The 6-foot, 220-pound Hightower spent the last two seasons with the New Orleans Saints after being off the field for three-plus years because of a knee injury. He played in eight games for the Saints in 2015, his first appearances since the 2011 season. Hightower recorded a combined 923 rushing yards, 329 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in the last two years with the Saints as a backup to Mark Ingram. Hightower began his career with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and sustained a torn ACL after being traded to the Redskins in 2011. An infection that was later discovered slowed his recovery. Hightower has career totals of 2,977 rushing yards, 1,208 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns in six seasons.
11/07/16 - RB Tim Hightower, making his first start of the season after rushing for 102 yards in relief of Mark Ingram a week earlier, ran 4 yards for a touchdown. Hightower finished with 87 yards on 23 carries.
10/31/16 - RB Tim Hightower replaced a benched Mark Ingram and turned in a 102-yard, 26-carry effort in the Saints' victory over Seattle. Hightower said he simply focused on running north and south against a defense that moves so well from sideline to sideline. Hightower finished with 26 carries -- two fewer than his career high -- and his 28-yard run around left end to the Seattle 10 set up the Saints' go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
04/08/16 - RB Tim Hightower and the Saints have agreed to terms on a new contract, according to reports. Out of the league since 2011 after tearing his ACL that season, Hightower rushed for 375 yards and four touchdowns in eight games with the Saints in 2015.
01/03/16 - RB Tim Hightower played well down the stretch, after leading rusher Mark Ingram was ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury, and he could be in the mix next season. Ingram was having a breakout season before injuring his shoulder in early December. Hightower took over as the primary ball-carrier and scored three touchdowns in the final two games. Hightower had 66 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown in the win over the Falcons. He also caught five passes for 41 yards.