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Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant reportedly in Redskins' mix

The Washington Redskins appear to be in the market to add a veteran player to their backfield.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported Thursday the team has held internal talks about signing a running back. Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant reportedly are among the candidates.

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The Redskins don't have a clear front-runner at starting tailback as training camp begins. Tim Hightower, Roy Helu and Evan Royster all are in the mix, though Hightower is coming back from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"I feel good," Hightower told The Washington Post on Thursday. "I've got work to do, but I feel better. It feels good to finally be out there on the field and I'm not watching. I have confidence. I had confidence when I was laying up in the hospital. But I think it'll get better. It'll get better with time and it'll get better with training camp. I'm not worried about it."

Of course, it's the Redskins' job to worry about it. We're all now well aware Benson is hungry for a fresh start, while Grant had his moments during five seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Neither option will petrify a defense, but then again, they wouldn't be sitting on the free-agent pile in late July if that were the case.

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