Hightower among Redskins cuts; Jackson suspended

The Washington Redskins' decision to cut Tim Hightower is the latest twist in coach Mike Shanahan's 2½-year search for a consistent starter at running back.

Hightower was one of 22 players trimmed from the roster Friday as the Redskins established their 53-man squad headed into the regular season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 9.

The tally included safety Tanard Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Hightower's departure leaves the Redskins with second-year players Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. and rookie Alfred Morris competing for the starting job.