Running back Tim Hightower will be released by the Redskins today, according to multiple media reports.
Hightower returned from a 10-month layoff due to knee surgery on Saturday against the Colts, rushing five times for 28 yards, including an 18-yard scamper in which he showed speed and agility. But the 26-year-old reportedly was sore the following day and did not suit up for Wednesdays preseason finale against the Buccaneers.
Still, the move came as somewhat of a surprise, particularly given that hes been listed atop the teams depth chart all preseason.
"Always purpose driven," Hightower wrote on his Twitter page Friday afternoon.
Its likely the Redskins had questions about Hightowers health and whether he would be able to consistently contribute this season, especially early.
Hightowers hopes of securing a spot were also hurt by the emergence of rookie Alfred Morris, who figures to join second-year tailbacks Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. in the Redskins' backfield Sept. 9 in New Orleans.
Teams must submit their 53-man rosters by 9 p.m. tonight.