Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday to figure out the extent of the damage suffered to his left knee Sunday afternoon. Redskins officials "strongly believe" that Hightower has a torn ACL. Hightower was running with the ball late in the Redskins loss to Carolina and grabbed for his knee without being touched. If it is in fact a torn ACL, he will be finished for the season.
If Hightower is out for the season, Ryan Torain becomes the official number one running back in Washington. He has worked his way into more carries as Hightower has been banged up at times this season. Roy Helu has been operating as the third string running back, but an end to Hightower's season would move Helu into the backup spot. Torain would likely handle the bulk of the rushing load, but you never know what to expect with Mike Shanahan.
Hightower currently has 321 rushing yards and one touchdown through five games. He has had some issues staying healthy, which has allowed Ryan Torain to claim some carries. He and Roy Helu both struggled on Sunday even after Hightower went down. They will look to bounce back next Sunday at Buffalo.