Tim Hightower, Willis McGahee, Earnest Graham, Beanie Wells All Injured in Week 7

If you’re a running back and you play in the NFL, chances are you gut hurt on Sunday. Tim Hightower and Earnest Graham suffered season-ending injuries, while Willis McGahee and Beanie Wells sustained injuries that could keep them out a few weeks. Additionally, Marshawn Lynch, Mark Ingram, and Darren McFadden also got nicked. We’ll explore the status of each running back.

Tim Hightower, Redskins: Hightower injured his left knee after planting to make a cut against the Panthers Sunday. Anytime a running back or receiver gets carted off a field with a knee injury, you have to worry about a torn ACL. That was the case for Hightower who is done for the season. Ryan Torain is expected to become the lead back with Roy Helu mixing in as the change of pace guy.

Willis McGahee, Broncos: McGahee broke the fourth metacarpal in his right hand during the third quarter of Sunday’s win at Miami. He had 18 carries for 76 yards before leaving the game. Willis needs surgery on the hand and is likely to miss two weeks. Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball split carries after the injury, and we expect that to continue with Willis out. Moreno may see slightly more action because he’s also a good pass catcher.

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Tim Hightower is Convinced the Redskins Will Be in the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl has been decided.  Those of you keeping score at home already know who will be heading to Indianapolis for Super Bowl 46.  Start making your travel arrangements, Jets and Redskins fans.  Bart Scott said it would be a joke if the Jets don’t win the Super Bowl and Rex Ryan compared himself to Babe Ruth over the offseason.  Rex Grossman has predicted the Redskins will win the NFC East and now his teammate, Tim Hightower, is talking Super Bowl.

“The fun will be in February when you guys are interviewing us up in Indy,” Hightower told CSNWashington.com via Pro Football Talk. “Very bold prediction. But I’m gonna stand by it.”

Wow.  The only thing I can think of is that this is Hightower’s way of trying to deflect the attention away from the fact that he may have abruptly lost his starting job on Sunday.  After three solid games and a massive workload to begin the season, the Redskins lead back is rumored to have been sluggish in practice and battling a minor shoulder injury.  Mike Shanahan decided to take the ball out of his hands in the second half against the Rams on Sunday, which opened the window for Torain to rush for 135 yards and a score on 19 carries.

Hightower can make all the insane predictions he wants during the bye week, but that doesn’t change the fact that his fantasy owners should be scrambling to the waiver wire to grab Torain.  If he wants to help the Redskins live up to his own prediction, he’ll have to work harder than he has all year during the week off.

Tim Hightower and Ray Rice’s Fantasy Stocks are Booming

In case you’re a new reader to LBS, you may not know that LB fancies himself somewhat of a fantasy guru. What qualifies him as a fantasy guru? Well when you start your own website you get to call yourself anything you damn well please. On a serious note, LB has been playing fantasy sports since elementary school and he’s been winning leagues on a regular basis for the past 12 years.

The secret to success is simple: LB relies upon a deep understanding of the game of football, a network of trusted sources, and personal observations to provide expert advice that delivers on a consistent basis.

Through the first three weeks of the preseason season, some fantasy trends have become apparent. I don’t like to recommend players until I 100% believe in them. Now I’ll share two players I think will star on your fantasy squad this year: Tim Hightower and Ray Rice.

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