Hightower welcomes workhorse role

Running back Tim Hightower rarely came off the field during the Redskins’ offensive possessions Sunday and carried the ball for 25 of the team’s 26 running plays.

The fourth-year pro scored Washington’s first touchdown of the season but and finished with only 72 yards for an average of 2.9 yards per carry, significantly less than the 6.8 yards he averaged in the preseason.

But Hightower said the total wasn’t because he was overworked. He entered the game hoping to be Washington’s workhorse, and hopes to continue.

“I hate coming off the football field. I use my words wisely, and I hate coming off the football field,” Hightower said. “I like that responsibility and putting my team on my back. That’s the kind of guy I am. I want to do everything I can to help my team win.”

In the first half, Hightower had 12 carries for 45 yards, including a long of 22. In the second half, he mustered just 27 yards on 13 carries. But he wasn’t discouraged.

“Just keep working at it. I’ll keep working at it,” Hightower said. “The O-line is working at it. This was a tough opponent. Next week, it could be a different day. Next week is a different week, a different opponent. My old team [the Arizona Cardinals]. It’ll be an emotional day. A record-setting day.”

Hightower, who grew up in Alexandria, had family and friends in attendance Sunday and was happy to score in his first game as a Redskin. But he continued to stress the importance of the victory.

“It felt good to win. That’s what matters at the end of the day,” Hightower said. “I don’t even really remember the touchdown. I just remember that the score says 28-14. That’s all I want, is to win.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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