January 28, 2021

Washington Redskins cut Hightower, Armstrong; trim roster to 52

Tim Hightower on the bench after injuring left knee against Carolina in 2011. (photo by Brian Murphy)

The Washington Redskins met the NFL’s 9:00 pm deadline to set their opening day roster by releasing several players once thought to be shoe-ins for this season, including veteran running back Tim Hightower and wide receiver Anthony Armstrong. The roster stands at 52, one less than maximum, leaving the possibility the team will add a player after released players clear waivers at noon Saturday. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins re-sign veteran RB Tim Hightower

The Washington Redskins announced Monday they re-signed veteran running back Tim Hightower to compete in the backfield with Roy Helu and Evan Royster. Hightower was the starter for the Redskins at the beginning of the season until a torn ACL in a game against the Carolina Panthers ended his year.

Hightower is a strong runner inside the tackles and is a good pass blocker, which should complement the Redskins younger running backs well.

The team waived tight end Rob Myers to make room on the roster for Hightower.

Here’s the press release:

ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed unrestricted free agent running back Tim Hightower. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The team also waived tight end Rob Myers.

Hightower, 25, returns for his fifth NFL season in 2012 and his second with the Redskins after joining the team via trade during the 2011 offseason. Last season, he started all five games in which he appeared, totaling 321 yards on 84 carries with one rushing touchdown. He also added 10 receptions for 78 yards and recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career.

Prior to joining the Redskins, Hightower (6-0, 222) played three seasons for the Arizona Cardinals, the team that originally selected him with a fifth-round (149th overall) pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In his time with the Cardinals, he rushed 439 times for 1,733 yards (3.9 avg.) with 23 touchdowns. He also had 118 receptions for 801 yards (6.8 avg.) and helped the Cardinals to a Super Bowl berth in his rookie season in 2008.

Hightower played collegiately at Richmond, where he established school career-records for rushing yards (3,617), all-purpose yards (4,448), rushing touchdowns (34) and total touchdowns (39) in 49 career games. In 2007, he earned first-team All-American and unanimous All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a senior after setting school single-season rushing records for yardage (1,924) and touchdowns (20).

Hightower was born on May 23, 1986. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., where he earned All-State honors in both his junior and senior years.


Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Redskins coverage on Twitter @RedskinsDSP.

Cooley, Hightower placed on IR; out for the season

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have placed tight end Chris Cooley and running back Tim Hightower on the Reserve/Injured list. Earlier in the month, Dr. Jeffrey Lovallo performed surgery on a broken hand suffered by Cooley in the Redskins’ Week 6 game against Philadelphia.

At Redskins Park today, coach Mike Shanahan discussed the injuries to Cooley, one of the longest tenured Redskins.  “Well, just the conservation we had with Dr. [James] Andrews, he’s the expert in that area and he thought it was in the best interest of Chris to go on IR to give it a little rest, to give time a chance to rehab it [and] not over-push it like he has been doing. And obviously he took the doctor’s advice and we agreed with it.”

Shanahan was asked if Cooley would also receive treatment or surgery on his injured knee as well.  “I can’t say that. I think they’re going to give it some time after obviously the hand [and] give his knee a chance to get a little rehab on it to see where it goes. But right now I don’t think anyone is sure.”

Shanahan spoke about how Cooley was never really able to be himself this season due to the knee injury, but is hopeful that Cooley, an eight-year Redskins veteran, will return as a productive member of the team.

Hightower (6-0, 222) was in his fourth season and his first as a member of the Redskins after being acquired from Arizona via trade during training camp. He started in five of six games in which he participated during the 2011 season. Through six games in 2011, Hightower led the Redskins in carries (84) and rushing yards (321) and led the Redskins’ running backs in pass receptions (10), receiving yards (78) and receiving touchdowns (one) as well.

Wide receiver Santana Moss is out as well with a broken bone in his hand.  Moss said he wasn’t disappointed, shrugging it off as part of the game.  “Any time you break something or you hurt something, you want to come back and give it time to heal. It’s a long season. I’m going to deal with it – do what I always do and think positive. Hopefully, something positive comes out of it.”

LB London Fletcher, QB Rex Grossman, CB DeAngelo Hall and T Trent Williams all missed practice as well.

Panthers, Newton shred Redskins defense in 33-20 loss

John Beck fumbles during one of three sacks the Redskins gave up Sunday. (photo by Brian Murphy)

The John Beck era in Washington started the same way the Rex Grossman era ended, with a loss to a team that had one win entering play.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw and ran for a touchdown, and the Skins offense didn’t get untracked until garbage time, as the Panthers defeated the Washington Redskins 33-20 in Charlotte. [Read more…]

Cowboys 18, Redskins 16: The Knockout Punch That Missed

Redskins QB Rex Grossman is stripped on last meaningful play of the game. (Photo by Brian Murphy)

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is from Pittsburgh. So was Billy Conn. If you don’t know who Billy “The Pittsburgh Kid” Conn is, you’re not alone. Conn, a light-heavyweight who died in 1993 at the age of 75, is best remembered for being knocked out in a heavyweight title fight by Joe Louis in the summer of 1941. Despite being ahead on all three judges’ scorecards entering the 13th round, Conn continued to fight in his trademark aggressive style. His reward was a savage beating from Louis and a defeat by knockout. The New York Herald Tribune wrote, “Conn wound up on his wounded left side, trying to make Irish legs answer an Irish brain.”

Leaving nationality and the innate folly of cross-sport comparisons aside for a moment, Haslett’s defense found itself in more or less the same position on Monday night. [Read more…]

Three Things to Watch: Washington Redskins v. Arizona Cardinals

Each week on Friday, as a preview of the upcoming Redskins game, District Sports Page will publish “Three Things to Watch” for that week’s game.  This week, the Cardinals fly in to town from Arizona.

1)  Tim Hightower v. Cards run defense.  Early this week, Hightower made it no secret he’s looking forward to running against his former team, telling the media “I want to win this game, and we’re going to win this game, but I want to win this game. This one means a lot to me.” 

Hightower rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win over the Giants, but averaged just 2.9 yards per carry.  Got to give the Shanahan’s credit for sticking with the gameplan, but the offensive line needs to do a better job opening holes for Hightower this week.  Also, watch to see if Ryan Torain or rookie Roy Helu pick up a few carries.  Torain did not play and Helu touched the ball just once in the opening day win. [Read more…]

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