Ryan Torain is sidelined due to a fractured hand, allow...

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Ryan Torain is sidelined due to a fractured hand, allowing Tim Hightower to emerge as the early favorite to be the Redskins’ starting running back this season.

Said OC Kyle Shanahan: "He's a tough runner. He's the type we like. He presses all of his runs. He gets to the line of scrimmage, puts his foot down and runs downhill. He's a leader, a professional. He blocks as well as anyone I've seen."

Fumbling has been a recurring problem for Hightower in training camp but head coach Mike Shanahan was not overly concerned.

"We hand the ball off a little bit differently and he runs quite hard," Shanahan said. "We'll just keep on practicing it, having people try to strip the ball. Hopefully that will eliminate the problem."

Fantasy Impact: 

Hightower has always produced in the RB1 role, so as long as he doesn't fumble it away, he will be a sneaky middle round pick this season.

Filed Under: 2011, Preseason

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