“It’s a great story, Jack, he’ll play his first game back since that significant injury last year,” Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.
“It’s a testament to the lad. His professionalism and his dedication to his craft is incredible.
“One thing he’s done is gone away and improved some facets of his game that we love as well.”
Hardwick noted that Higgins’ career had been in doubt.
“Any brain injury is significant and quite scary in nature and there was a chance that he might not have been able to play again,” Hardwick said.
“But his doctors and surgeons have done a wonderful job … and Jack himself has done a wonderful job in rehab to make sure he’s given himself every chance.
“The smile on his face when he found out he was playing was a great highlight for our playing group.
“He’s a very popular member of our side.”
Caddy missed the Tigers’ main training session on Tuesday with what the club said was calf soreness.
In other changes, Bachar Houli returns from injury, while the Tigers have dropped Toby Nankervis, opting to play Ivan Soldo as a lone ruckman with potential support from Marlion Pickett.
The Pies have made just one change, with Darcy Cameron coming in for the underdone Mason Cox as expected.
Daniel is an Age sports reporter