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Posted at 09:43 PM ET, 08/25/2012

Tim Hightower gets back in Redskins’ running back mix

  Running back Tim Hightower played for the first time during this preseason as he works his way back from last season’s knee injury.

   Hightower ran for 18 yards on his first carry during the Washington Redskins’ win over the Indianapolis Colts. He finished with 28 yards on five carries.

Colts defensive end Jerry Hughes (92) can only grab the jersey of Redskins running back Tim Hightower as he breaks free during a second quarter run. (Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post)
   “I was a little rusty,” Hightower said. “But ultimately it wasn’t really about what I did. It was a matter of me just being part of this team and me getting a chance to be back out there.”

Said Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan: “I thought he did a great job. I was a little nervous. I saw him get better during the week. I felt there was a chance that he could play. I thought it might be a long shot. But when I saw him a couple days ago, he looked much better. So I was glad he was able to get some playing time in there. He looked good.”

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