Tim Hightower sent out a tweet last night: “Take full accountability and full responsibility for all actions and set yourself to be better. Purpose driven”
That’s Hightower. He’s not going to shy away from things. He was there in the locker room after the game in Seattle, obviously not happy but still willing to answer questions about yet another fumble. The question is, even with Hightower taking full responsibility, will coach Ken Whisenhunt stick with him? Hightower was having a great game Sunday, with 59 yards on just six carries. But he lost another fumble, and then didn’t get another rushing attempt. It was no surprise.
“At some point, you have to say the fumbles are going to keep you from playing,” Whisenhunt said, acknowledging it is “tough” to sit a player who was effective. “If that’s the way it’s going, it’s going to curtail your play time.”
The big question is whether Whisenhunt actually makes the move to remove Hightower from the starting lineup and replace him with Beanie Wells. Wells, when healthy, usually gets more carries than Hightower anyway. Despite missing two games, Wells already has one more rushing attempt than Hightower. Hightower, however, has 115 more rushing yards.
But Whisenhunt wasn’t ready to attack that question just yet when talking about it yesterday, preferring to wait to watch video with the team and probably wanting to wait to discuss things with the players involved before making any moves — or staying status quo.
“Those are not things you want to make assessments on (too quickly),” Whisenhunt said. “I don’t even have a comment on it.”
Hightower, as everyone has noted before, is the consummate professional. He is exactly the type of player a team wants in the locker room, and he has been productive on the field. But again, like Whisenhunt had to give pause after Hightower’s two lost fumbles in the season opener, the coach has to weigh what Hightower provides against what has been a problem.
“When you are a team trying to grow together, you can’t afford to have those types of situations,” Whisenhunt said. “It just makes it too tough for you.”
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