Rehabbing Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower had his most active day since the start of training camp Thursday and received a large number of carries during 11-on-11 portions of the team’s practice.
Hightower tore the ACL in his left knee last October, had surgery in November and has been limited primarily to individual and one-on-one drills so far this season. But Hightower received the green light to take part in Thursday’s action, and appeared to do well.
In previous practices, the fifth-year veteran would get a carry or two during non-contact action, but still moved with a noticeable limp. On Thursday, the Redskins practiced without pads, and Hightower rotated in as scout team running back. He displayed good quickness and improved cutting ability.
“Tim practiced today and did a pretty good job out there. I felt really good about that,” Shanahan said. “He did a lot of scout team plays, but you can see he’s making a lot of progress and we’ll get a chance to evaluate him next week.”
Hightower's return only muddies the Redskins running back situation.