Friday, August 17, 2012

Redskins News and Notes

Whether it was a player being put on injured reserve, a franchise player being given a small role, or an injured player showing improvement, it happened yesterday and luckily you have me to recap it for you! Shall we?

Hightower Returns
Just nine months following his season ending knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, running back Tim Hightower was back in 11-on-11 drills yesterday. While Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan admitted that he played on scout team, it still counts because he was on the field playing. Shanahan did go on to say that "...you can see he's making a lot of progress and we'll get the chance to evaluate him next week." Hightower probably won't make an appearance in this weeks preseason game. Evan Royster and Alfred Morris will be the two main running backs we see against the Bears. Roy Helu Jr is nursing an injury, as well.

Redskins Sign DL
In order to fill the vacant roster spot left by defensive tackle Chris Neild, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL, the Redskins signed defensive lineman Marlon Favorite. Favorite is simply a depth signing. Marlon has played in just about every football league there is. He's played in the AFL, UFL, and NFL. In the NFL, Favorite has been on the Panthers, Rams, Chiefs, Seahawks, Saints, Bills, Colts, Patriots, and Eagles. Not once did he make it off the practice field. He was on their practice squads. So yes...this is merely, and better be, a depth signing.

Hanks to I.R.
Darius Hanks was an undrafted rookie receiver out of Alabama and had little to no chance at making the Redskins roster. Well, now he's got zero chance at making the roster. Hanks was released a few days ago due to a shoulder and clavicle injury that he sustained in practice. Hanks made it through the waiver system and has been added to the Redskins Injured Reserve. He is out for the season.


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Source: Washington Post, CSN