The Washington Redskins cut Tim Hightower on Friday, the latest twist in coach Mike Shanahan's 21/2-year search for a consistent starter at running back.
Hightower, who was returning from knee surgery, was one of 23 players trimmed from the roster as the Redskins head into the regular season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 9.
Included in the tally was safety Tanard Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Hightower's departure leaves the Redskins with three recent draft picks - second-year players Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. and rookie Alfred Morris - competing for a starting job that's been in flux since Clinton Portis was injured during the 2010 season.
Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams have been among the hopefuls who have started games since then and are no longer with the team.
The Redskins acquired Hightower in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals last year. He won the starting job out of training ...