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Dont'a Hightower | Linebacker | #54

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (25) / NE
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Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Panthers.
This falls in line with previous reports. Hightower missed the last two games with a sprained knee he suffered in the season opener, but should be available for his normal snaps Sunday. His return is a needed upgrade to a defense that's struggled to open the year. Oct 1 - 8:46 AM

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Dont'a Hightower (knee) is expected to play against the Panthers in Week 4.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Hightower is in the Patriots' "game plan" this week and will play "barring an unforeseen setback." Hightower had missed the previous two games with a sprained knee he suffered in a season-opening loss to Kansas City. Having him back will be an enormous boost to a Patriots' defense that has looked out of sorts this season.
Sep 29 - 3:15 PM

Dont'a Hightower (knee) is inactive Week 3 against the Texans.

Hightower looked likely to play after getting in limited practices all week, but he will sit out another game. The defense will also be without CB Eric Rowe (groin), who started over Malcolm Butler Week 2.
Sep 24 - 11:37 AM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is questionable for Week 3 against the Texans.

Hightower missed last week, but has a chance to play Sunday after returning to limited practice. He'll likely come down to a game-time decision. Hightower's presence would be a downgrade to D'Onta Foreman and Lamar Miller.
Sep 22 - 4:48 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

It's a step in the right direction after sitting out all three practices last week. Hightower recently had his knee looked at by Dr. James Andrews, which is never a good sign. It's a coin flip whether he suits up Sunday versus Houston.
Sep 20 - 5:20 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) could return this week.

Hightower got a second opinion on his injured knee from Dr. James Andrews last week, and it apparently was a good one. RapSheet reports Hightower is dealing with a "2-3 week" injury, which gives him a shot to suit up this week. He at worst should be back to face the Panthers in Week 4.
Sep 18 - 11:01 AM

Patriots WLB Dont'a Hightower visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured right knee last week.

It's the same knee that landed Hightower on the PUP list during training camp. The Patriots were originally optimistic the injury wasn't serious, though it's never a promising development when Andrews, the gold standard in orthopedic surgery, is brought into the mix. Consider New England's All-Pro linebacker week to week.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 17 - 8:11 AM

Patriots WLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is out for Week 2 against the Saints.

Hightower was never expected to play after missing all three practices this week. A second-team All-Pro in 2016, Hightower's absence will be felt against a potent Saints' offense on Sunday.
Sep 15 - 4:42 PM

Patriots WLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) missed practice all week.

He won't play against the Saints due to a sprained MCL. Hightower is a true difference maker on the second level and was used frequently as a pass rusher in Week 1. His loss will be felt against Drew Brees and the Saints' running backs.
Sep 15 - 2:56 PM

Patriots WLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Hightower sprained his MCL in Thursday's season-opening loss to Kansas City. Elandon Roberts is a candidate to fill in at weak side linebacker if Hightower can't get cleared for Sunday's game in New Orleans.
Sep 13 - 6:02 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots SLB Dont'a Hightower suffered a sprained MCL in the Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

Per RapSheet, it's a "minor" sprain, and with 10 days off between the Week 2 date with the Saints, Hightower could potentially not have to miss a game. For now, consider him week to week and questionable to play in the Superdome.
Sep 8 - 10:50 AM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower was forced from Thursday night's opener with a knee injury.

Hightower got rolled up. At one point, he appeared ready to re-enter, but never did. Hightower is no stranger to injury, but the Pats can ill afford his loss after getting shredded by Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs' running game on Thursday.
Sep 8 - 2:22 AM

Patriots removed ILB Dont'a Hightower (knee) from the active/PUP list.

He practiced on Tuesday. The linebacker was never expected to miss regular season snaps, but getting back on the field this early is still a great sign. It is possible he makes a cameo in the third preseason game on Friday.
Aug 22 - 1:01 PM

Patriots placed ILB Dont'a Hightower on the active/PUP list.

Alan Branch joined Hightower there. Hightower battled shoulder and knee injuries last season but was expected to avoid offseason surgery. It's unclear if he underwent any operations, but the Jets allegedly pulled their free-agent offer to him due to concerns over Hightower's physical. He can be activated at any time in camp.
Jul 24 - 6:05 PM

According to MMQB's Albert Breer, the Jets pulled their offer to Dont'a Hightower due to concerns over his physical.

Per ESPN's Rich Cimini, the Jets offered Hightower five years at $55 million with a max value of $62.5 million. The annual salary is similar to what the Patriots gave him, but the Jets offered one more year. Despite injury concerns, the 27-year-old has emerged as one of the most complete linebackers in football.
Mar 17 - 11:32 AM

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