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Shanahan: Releasing Hightower "a tough decision"

Shanahan: Releasing Hightower "a tough decision"

A day after cutting Tim Hightower, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said the decision was a difficult one and that the veteran running back could return at a later date if hes healthy.Hightower was attempting to return from 10-month layoff due to ACL surgery on his left knee. But the 26-year-old appeared in only one preseason game, racking up 28 yards on five carries against the Colts. After that game, Hightower was sore and did not suit up for the preseason finale against the Buccaneers.A guy like Tim, I think the world of, Shanahan said Saturday. He might be back sometime this year. But you have cut down. You have make the decision thats best for your football team and we went three running backs and a fullback. But it was a tough decision.With Hightower gone, the tailback duties will fall to second year players Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. and rookie Alfred Morris.Pressed on whether Hightower could return to Washington, Shanahan said, He could come back here. I thought when he did play, he played well. That one run he had off the left side against the Colts, that was pretty impressive.For Hightower to return, however, another Redskins running back probably would have to get hurt and, of course, Hightower would have to return to full health. It was apparent this week that Hightower still had some progress to make.He was a little sore, Shanahan said when asked if Hightower had suffered a setback against Indianapolis.Asked if Hightowers release was because of his knee or the emergence of Morris and the other two running backs, Shanahan said: Youve got to take the top 53 guys. And when you put all the factors together, youve got to way, Hey, whats best for us this year? And thats what we thought was best for us.

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Reuben Foster believed to be lost for 2019 with major knee, leg injury, per source

Reuben Foster believed to be lost for 2019 with major knee, leg injury, per source

Redskins officials fear that linebacker Reuben Foster has torn the ACL in his left knee, sources tell NBC Sports Washington.

Additionally, there is concern about a more significant injury that could include the artery in his left leg, sources said. 

Foster went down on his first snap in a non-contact drill during OTAs on Monday after stepping on the leg of guard Tyler Catalina. Immediately, Foster fell to the ground, and it was obvious he was in intense pain. He was audibly screaming and crying while writhing in pain on the field. 

Moments later, the Redskins medical staff rushed out to Foster, and within a matter of minutes, his leg was placed into a stabilizing device. He was then helped onto a cart and wheeled off the practice field. 

After practice, Jay Gruden said the team was unsure of Foster's prognosis but did say, "I’m just very disappointed in what happened in his first rep as a Redskin. He runs through the gap and gets injured."

The Redskins took a major public relations hit by signing Foster last fall, and the team's belief was that his play on the field would be worth the controversy that enveloped his signing. Foster won't be playing in 2019, but remains under contract for 2020, and Washington will have the option to keep him in 2021. 

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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott handcuffed by police at Vegas music festival

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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott handcuffed by police at Vegas music festival

LAS VEGAS -- Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed by police, but not arrested, after a scuffle involving event staff at a Las Vegas music festival.

Police Officer Laura Meltzer said Monday that the 23-year-old running back was detained briefly early Saturday during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Cellphone video posted by celebrity website TMZ appeared to show Elliott speaking with a woman and then with several security and event staff members, including one who falls backward over a metal parking area barricade.

Elliott's attorney, Frank Salzano in New York, told TMZ that event security misconstrued the situation and overreacted and that Elliott left Las Vegas for Dallas after the incident to be at his youth football camp Sunday.

Salzano didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

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