Hightower has torn ACL: The Redskins got worst-case scenario news Monday when they learned RB Tim Hightower is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. That gives coach Mike Shanahan one less player for his indecipherable running back rotation and should increase touches for RBs Ryan Torain and Roy Helu. The news is slightly better for WR Santana Moss, who is out 5-7 weeks after surgery on his broken left hand. Given TE Chris Cooley’s injury, TE Fred Davis once again is a valuable commodity.
Wells likely out two weeks: The Cardinals expect RB Beanie Wells to miss the next 1-2 weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee, which moves RBs Alfonso Smith and LaRod Stephens-Howling to the front of the line for carries. With the Ravens up next, neither back is a particularly attractive fantasy option. But keep an eye on which of the two gets the most touches. The Rams and their NFL-worst rushing defense are on tap in Week 9, which would make any Redbirds running back an interesting play.
McFadden expected to be OK: Raiders RB Darren McFadden left Sunday’s game early with a sprained foot and never returned. McFadden was reportedly held out as a precaution and could be back in Week 9. The Raiders running game can’t be blamed for the loss to Kansas City, given RB Michael Bush had 99 yards on 17 carries. If McFadden isn’t ready after the bye week, Bush is a quality start against the Broncos. For now, work on the assumption that Run DMC will be able to walk (or run) this way again in a couple of weeks.
— Marcas Grant