Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee,
Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.
Hightower, who started five of six games this season and leads the Redskins with 321 rushing yards and a touchdown on 84 carries, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Washington’s 33-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
Hightower, acquired from the Arizona Cardinals on July 31, also has 10 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, and was valued by coaches for his pass-protection skills as well.
The fourth-year pro, who attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria and the University of Richmond, embraced the opportunity to play for the team he grew up cheering. Immediately after the game, Hightower said that he hoped that his injury wasn’t as severe as feared and discussed his determination to return later this season.
“I feel like I came here for a reason and I’m very passionate about what I do,” he said. “We play this game for one reason: to win. … When you’re in a situation like [this] -- you’re not able to help your team and you’re not able to do what you were brought here to do -- it’s a terrible feeling. … But I just have too much fight in me. But I’ll be back.”
Unfortunately Hightower will have to wait until next season to make good on that promise.
Hightower becomes the second offensive starter in as many weeks to suffer a season-ending ACL injury. Last week against Philadelphia, starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger tore his ACL and is on injured reserve.