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Redskins playing it safe with starters recovering from injuries

The Washington Redskins continued to limit running back Tim Hightower’s activity Tuesday, as they have all offseason, but Coach Mike Shanahan called the move precautionary and said Hightower could take on a heavier workload if the season were about to start.

Hightower tore his ACL during the fifth game of last season and was cleared for football related drills earlier this spring. During the three weeks of organized team activities, and in this week’s minicamp, Hightower has taken part in positional drills, but the Redskins have held him out of full team action.

“He’s doing good,” Shanahan said of Hightower. “I think he’s really wanting to practice right now, but he does have five, six weeks.

The Redskins also have handled starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (recovering from ACL surgery), defensive end Stephen Bowen (arthroscopic knee surgery), receiver Leonard Hankerson (hip surgery), linebacker Brian Orakpo (pectoral muscle surgery) and cornerback Josh Wilson (thigh injury) in a similar fashion.

All those players went through some position drills, but observed seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 portions of practice Tuesday.

Shanahan said the Redskins are playing it safe with Hightower and his teammates – all potential starters. The coach added that there is no need to rush them because training camp doesn’t start for another five to six weeks.

“A lot of our players could practice right now, but I think at this time, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Shanahan said. “Just throw him in right now, and he tweaks it, you’re asking yourself, ‘Why did I do that?’”

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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