Saints sign running back Tim Hightower to reserve/future contract _lowres

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Arizona running back Tim Hightower

The New Orleans Saints are giving running back Tim Hightower a chance to resurrect his career.

Out of the league since suffering a torn ACL in 2011, Hightower signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Saturday night, a league source confirmed to The Advocate.

After rushing for 736 yards with five touchdowns in 2010 for the Arizona Cardinals, Hightower tore the ACL in his left knee during the 2011 season and then battled a lingering infection. It wasn’t until last summer that he was cleared for action.

Hightower worked out for the Saints in November before the team signed Brian Leonard. He tweeted a picture of himself signing his contract Saturday evening with the caption, “Back at it. Never give up on your passion. Purpose driven always #whodat.”

He is the second player looking to resurrect his career with the Saints after New Orleans signed safety Kenny Phillips this past week. Phillips has been out of football since 2012 with a knee injury.

ESPN first reported Hightower’s signing.