Breakfast links: Hightower returns for Skins

Washington Redskins

Daniel LaRusso's going to fight! I mean, Tim Hightower's going to play! It's been a long road back from ACL surgery for Hightower, but he's been cleared to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, and John Keim has the story of his very difficult recovery. As we've discussed on here many times, if Hightower's healthy, he's the Redskins' starting running back. Saturday begins the process of finding out how healthy he is. Evan Royster, by the way, is being held out Saturday with a knee injury, Roy Helu's still hurt, and Mike Shanahan said he wants to ease Hightower in instead of starting him. So it looks like a lot more of rookie Alfred Morris, as the carousel spins.

Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis officially announced his retirement from the NFL at a ceremony at Redskins Park. He was dressed as a regular human being.

New York Giants

Michael Boley and the Giants say they're "very concerned" about the time the linebacker has been missing this preseason with a hamstring injury. Nice that other linebackers have had a chance to get reps in his place, but they're now getting to the point where he has to get ready for the regular season.

Justin Tryon is trying to come back from last year's broken arm and make an impression on Giants coaches as the preseason nears its end. Steve Serby has his story.

Dallas Cowboys

Remember the day, a few weeks ago, when Cole Beasley quit and walked out of Cowboys camp because he didn't know if his heart was into football? Well, as you know, he came back. And he may find himself playing a significant role on the team before it's all said and done.

If you've been wondering why DeMarco Murray isn't getting more work in preseason games, it's by design. Apparently they used to do the same thing with Emmitt Smith, and that all worked out.

Philadelphia Eagles

Rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been all the Eagles hoped he would be when they took him in the second round with the idea of starting him as a rookie. He's still learning, but he's a willing pupil, and the coaches and veterans are expecting big things.

One of the great all-time Eagles, Steve Van Buren, died Thursday at the age of 91. If you don't remember Van Buren's playing days, you may remember him as the guy whose records LeSean McCoy kept breaking last year.