Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/14/12

The Washington Redskins re-signed free agent running back Tim Hightower to a one-year deal.

Hightower missed the final 11 games last season with a torn ACL after opening the season as the Redskins' starter. He was acquired from the Arizona Cardinals prior to the 2011 season and started 36 games in three seasons before joining Washington.

Hightower enters a running back competition that should be typically spicy for Mike Shanahan-coached teams.

Rookies Evan Royster and Roy Helu shared the spot with Hightower out of action last season. However, the emphasis on protecting quarterback Robert Griffin III might work in Hightower's favor.

His ability to read and execute in pass-blocking situations kept him on the field in Arizona over first-round pick Beanie Wells. Hightower has had fumbling issues in the past, but did not lose a fumble last season with the Redskins.

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