by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Barring any setbacks, Tim Hightower will make his 2012 debut Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

The running back has been sidelined since suffering a torn ACL last year, cutting short what began as a promising season.

Washington Redskins trainers and coaches erred on the side of caution with Hightower until earlier this week when the restraints were taking off in practice as a member of the scout team.

“He did a good job making different cuts and looked like he was going full-speed,” head coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday. “Yesterday he looked better and there were no setbacks, so he’s ready to go.”

Unlike Hightower, second-year back Evan Royster will be joining Roy Helu on the sideline this week with a knee injury of his own.

It’s not clear exactly how Royster sustained the injury. The Penn State product said he woke up one morning this week and was in pain.

He expects to be recovered in a short period of time.

In the interim, the Redskins are barreling toward Week 1 with their top three running backs battling injuries.

Shanahan says he doesn’t worry about things he can’t control.

“It’s nothing season-ending, one or two games we hope,” he said. “We’ll just keep our fingers crossed that with a little rehab they’ll be ready to go at least by the first week.”

Follow @granthpaulsen and @1067TheFanDC and @TheChuckCarroll on Twitter for breaking Redskins news.


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