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Tim Hightower's long road to recovery

Tim Hightower's long road to recovery

When Tim Hightower poked his helmet into the Redskins huddle early in Saturdays 30-17 preseason victory over the Colts, he was greeted by a curious look from tackle Trent Williams.
He looked at me surprised, like, What are you doing in here? Hightower later said. Just that alone, that was priceless.
Indeed, it had been a while since Hightower had joined Washingtons huddle. Eleven regular season games and two exhibition contests, to be exact.
Hightower tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 6 last season and spent the 10 months rehabbing and dreaming about the moment his number would get called in an NFL game again.
That moment arrived late in the second quarter, when the 26-year-old burst through the line, juked a Colts defender and raced 18 yards down to the Indianapolis five-yard line.
I couldnt have scripted anything like that, he said. I was thankful for it.
The run was his first carry in a game since suffering the injury last Oct. 23 against the Panthers. Shanahan called for Hightower again on the next play, but he was stopped four yards short of the end zone. He finished with 28 yards on five carries.
Its been a long road, a long journey, Hightower said. I was just so thankful to be back and hear the fans, hear them screaming, hear them chanting.
Hightower conceded that his surgically repaired knee will likely feel sore Sunday morning. But he also said hes no longer worried about significant setbacks.
Its all right, he said. It will probably be a little sore later on. But it feels a lot better when you win.
Coach Mike Shanahan said his reservations about playing Hightower were eased during practice last week.
I was a little nervous, Shanahan said. I saw him get better during the week and I felt there was a chance he could play but I also thought it might be a long shot. Then I saw him a couple of days ago and he looked much better so Im glad he was able to get some playing time in there.
The coach added: I feel very good about his situation, getting about 13 or 14 reps in there and feeling good after the game.Hightowers return comes at a critical time in the competition for the Redskins starting job at tailback. Hightower is listed as first on the teams depth chart, but rookie Alfred Morris backed up an impressive training camp with a 107-yard performance against the Colts. And although Evan Royster sat out with a knee injury thats believed to be minor, the second-year running back is also in the mix.
Hightower is the teams most experienced and versatile option, but hes also been around long enough to know nothing is guaranteed. Asked if he had just proved hes all the way back, Hightower said: Yes and no. Yes, from the standpoint that Im out there, I have an opportunity, I have a shot. But from there, I know this is just the beginning, the foundation. I have a lot of work left to do, as this team does. But, hey, Im back in the game, back in the fight.
During his lengthy recovery and rehab, Hightower said there were mornings he woke up so sore he second-guessed himself. But those doubts began to subside in recent weeks and, after Saturday, might disappear altogether.
You always have doubts, he said. Youre going to have days when you wake up and you dont feel to good and you second guess yourself. But, ultimately, I believed. I had no choice. This is what I want to do.

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Redskins vs Buccaneers: 5 things to watch in game with major weather concerns

Redskins vs Buccaneers: 5 things to watch in game with major weather concerns

TAMPA - Originally scheduled for Thursday night, the Redskins and Buccaneers moved up their fourth and final preseason game to Wednesday night in advance of approaching Tropical Storm Nine. All the coverage starts on CSN at 7 p.m., and despite this being the last exhibition game, there is plenty to watch.

  1. Talk about the weather - This game was moved up 24 hours in a plan to get the Redskins out of Florida safely. Expect heavy rain to dominate the action; here's a preview from NOAA.gov website, "South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible."
  2. How to move the ball - Many offenses are weather-proof, but few offenses are Tropical Storm proof. If the weather is significant enough - and most forecasts call for significant rain - it will be tough for either offense to move the ball, especially considering both offenses will be guided by mostly third-stringers. It will be tough for coaches to truly evaluate what happens Wednesday night if the weather is as bad as some predictions.
  3. Roster crunch - The Redskins cut veterans Perry Riley and Stephen Paea on Tuesday. That means good news for the newly-signed Cullen Jenkins as well as Terrance Garvin. Jenkins has been with the team less than a week, so it will be interesting to see if he even dresses for Wednesday's game. Garvin is a player that should play in Tampa, but it will be interesting to see how much the staff puts him on the field.
  4. Su'a show? - Most 2016 draft picks will play Wednesday in Tampa, though we know first-round rookie Josh Doctson will not play against the Bucs. What about second-round pick Su'a Cravens? After a strong training camp and preseason, Cravens is obviously part of the team's plans this fall. He figures to be on the field a lot when the games matter, so will Cravens be on the field when they don't?
  5. Keeping it real - Coaches will say all the right things about this game being about competition, and players will do the same. But considering a large portion of the Redskins team won't even make the trip from D.C. to Tampa for the fourth preseason game - due to weather - will the guys in Florida be truly ready for the game? It's such a unique situation that it's impossible to predict.

Stay with @JPFinlayCSN all day for updates -weather and otherwise - from Tampa. And tune into CSN @ 7 p.m. for live coverage from Raymond James Stadium. 

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Redskins Preseason Schedule: Week 4 vs. Buccaneers, Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Redskins Preseason Schedule: Week 4 vs. Buccaneers, Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Redskins' final 2016 NFL preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been moved a day earlier and will be held on Wednesday, August 31.

Impending incliment weather in the greater Tampa Bay area forced the NFL and the teams to schedule the game a day earlier.

Here is everything you need to know about the Redskins' Week 4 preseason game against the Buccaneers.


Who: Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What: Week 4 of the 2016 NFL Preseason

Where: Raymond James Stadium. Tampa, Fla.

When: 8:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday, August 31

TV Channel: CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: NFL.com Game Pass

Radio: Redskins Radio Network (Frequency Finder)


Washington Redskins 2016 Preseason Schedule: 

Week 1 (Thurs., 8/11): at Atlanta Falcons (25 - 19 L)

Week 2 (Fri., 8.19): vs. New York Jets (22 - 18 W)

Week 3 (Fri., 8/26): vs. Buffalo Bills  (21 - 16 W)

Week 4 (Thurs., 9/1): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Redskins Kickoff pregame show begins at 6:00 p.m. ET only on CSN Mid-Atlantic‚Äč.

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Forced to make decision on rookie, Redskins move Keith Marshall to injured reserve

Forced to make decision on rookie, Redskins move Keith Marshall to injured reserve

The Redskins liked rookie running back Keith Marshall, and the team gave the former Georgia Bulldog every chance to make the roster.

Ultimately he did not get that chance, as an elbow injury will land Marshall on the injured reserve.

Marshall sustained the injury in the team's third preseason game against the Bills. Even before the elbow injury, Marshall failed to capitalize on the opportunity to backup Matt Jones.

In games against the Jets and the Falcons, Marshall struggled to gain much ground and eventually he slid behind Robert Kelley on the team's depth chart.

For now, it appears Kelley is a lock for the Redskins 53-man roster and Marshall heads to the IR. 

Scot McCloughan and the 'Skins also made two other roster moves to get the squad to the 75-man limit following this morning's release of veterans Perry Riley and Stephen Paea. Tight end Derek Carrier was moved to the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list and rookie WR Reggie Diggs was waived with an injured designation.

Carrier's move to the PUP list was expected, and Diggs had little chance to make the roster as an undrafted receiver even before an injury limited his training camp.