Tim Hightower is expected to suit up and play against the Colts on Saturday,barring a setback, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday.Evan Royster, meantime, will be sidelined with a knee injury, the coach added.Hightower,who missed the final 11 games last season after tearing the ACL in his leftknee, returned to full practice on Wednesday and emerged from Thursdays unscathed.Idont even know what to say, Hightower said. Im sure it will hit me Saturday when I get on that field. Ive been working for this for a long time, so its ahuge step.Said Shanahan: If theres no setback, hell play on Saturday. Ill get a feel before the game exactly how exactly how hes feeling, and determine at thattime.Hightower said hes sufficiently recovered and wont worry about the surgically repairedknee. Hell be more focused on keeping his emotions in check.Thisisnt a preseason game for me, he said. Im approaching it as this is a big agame as Ill have. Its special.Shanahansaid Hightower wont start, which means rookie Alfred Morris will get the nod.The teams other running back, Roy Helu Jr., is sidelined with soreness in bothAchilles tendons.As for Royster, the second-year running back said he doesnt know how he got hurt.But he did say that the MRI taken on his swollen right knee did not reveal anystructural damage.I woke up and was like, Whats going on? Royster said. I have no idea that it even happened. Its nothing serious. Its going to be a couple of days.
Here's an updated look at second-round pick Ryan Anderson's stats since the Redskins drafted him back in late April: zero career NFL tackles, one career baby named partly after him.
On Tuesday, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt honored Anderson and fellow ex-Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster by combining their last names and making that combination his newborn son's middle name.
Everyone please say hello to Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt:
The Newest Tide Fan: Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt pic.twitter.com/64HpNUdSgQ— Jeremy Pruitt (@CoachJPruitt) May 23, 2017
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The gesture was not lost on Anderson, who said on Instagram that the "little guy will always hold a special place" in his heart:
One gets the sense that Anderson, who comes across as a very intense man and one whose breakfast probably consists of a bowl of motor oil, doesn't use heart emojis very often. Therefore, since he used some in his Instagram caption, you know Pruitt's decision meant a lot to him.
Jordan Reed was reportedly absent from the Redskins' voluntary OTA practice on Tuesday, but a picture on Twitter shows the stud tight end didn't skip the session just so he could lounge around on the couch.
Chad Johnson, expert on all things such as repeatedly hauling in footballs and transforming the end zone into the 18th green at Augusta National, posted this photo of him, Reed and one other fellow, presumably following a workout:
For those who want to freak out that Washington's top offensive threat didn't show up in Ashburn for his team's OTAs, it's important to remember that 1) it was not required and 2) judging by that snapshot, Reed has had no trouble staying in football shape on his own or finding people to hone his craft with.
By the way, peep that hashtag from Johnson. When a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro uses the word legendary to refer to someone else, that someone else should feel pretty good about himself.