Washington Redskins’ running back Tim Hightower said he expects to play on Sunday despite the shoulder injury that hampered him against the Rams.
“I’m playing on Sunday,” said Hightower, who leads the Redskins with 233 yards and a touchdown on 67 carries. “I’m ready to play.”
The fourth-year pro revealed to coach Mike Shanahan after last week’s game at St. Louis that he had been playing hurt. But Hightower said Monday that he benefited from the five-day bye week break, and Shanahan said he practiced fully.
“I think his shoulder’s a little sore still, but I don’t think it’ll keep him from going,” Shanahan said. “Tim’s a pretty tough guy and I don’t think he’ll share with people that he’s pretty hurt, even at the end of that Giants’ game. He played in Arizona and he was hurting a little more than he led on. I could see it, but he never said anything, and he’s one of those type of guys that I talked to him on the side and said, ‘You have to be a little more honest with me. If you are hurt, I have to know you’re hurt.’”
Hightower last week carried the ball only eight times for 24 yards. Ryan Torain relieved him with 19 carries off the bench for 135 yards and a touchdown. Shanahan, however, declined to say which running back would start when the Redskins face the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.
“I’m going to play the best players and we’ll see how these guys do,” the coach said. “They have some great competition. As I said before, we have three backs that I really believe in. … I think we’re in a good situation and we’ll see how practice goes this week and we’ll make a decision.”
Receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring) returned to practice after missing last week’s game and being limited the week before. Shanahan said Armstrong didn’t go full-speed, but he expected the second-year pro to test his hamstring during Wednesday’s practice.
Like Hightower, Armstrong said he hopes to play on Sunday.
“I feel great. I’m going to be expecting to go,” said Armstrong, who suffered the injury in Week 3 versus Dallas. “Hope to play, do what I can do, and end of the week, coach makes the decision, but I have high expectations.”
Starting fullback Darrel Young missed the last two games with a hamstring injury as well, but he was able to practice without limitation on Monday, Shanahan said.