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Redskins cut Tim Hightower, don't add Steve Slaton

The Washington Redskins have decided to move on without Tim Hightower.

The Washington Post reported the running back was released Friday, part of the Redskins' push to cut their roster to 53 players by the 9 p.m. ET deadline. The team later confirmed that Hightower had been released.

Hightower was envisioned as the Redskins' potential starter entering camp, but he has been slow to come back from reconstructive knee surgery.

Hightower appeared in only one preseason game, gaining 28 yards on five carries against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. The emergence of sixth-round draft pick Alfred Morris helped make Hightower expendable.

Morris joins Evan Royster and Roy Helu in the Redskins' trimmed backfield. It was reported Friday that Washington was working on a deal to acquire running back Steve Slaton from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, but Armstrong was released instead.

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