Redskins agreed to terms with RB Tim Hightower on a one-year contract.
Hightower, 26, averaged 3.82 yards per carry in five starts early last season before tearing his left ACL in Week 7. Due to persistent swelling in the knee, surgery was delayed until November 8. Now just over six months removed from the knee reconstruction, Hightower will return to compete with Roy Helu, Evan Royster, and rookie Alfred Morris for running back snaps. Helu has the most talent of the group and is the favorite to lead Washington's backfield in 2012 touches. Hightower's ideal role would be on obvious passing downs, where his bone-crushing blitz-pickup ability comes in most handy.