Player Page

Dont'a Hightower | Linebacker

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Alabama
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) was participating as training camp opened Thursday.
Hightower's Week 1 status was previously thought to be in doubt, so he's far ahead of schedule off February surgery. He had six sacks and 89 tackles in just 12 games last year. Jul 30 - 11:50 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

ESPN Boston considers ILB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder) questionable for Week 1.

Hightower is expected to open training camp on active/PUP after sitting out OTAs. Five months into a 6-7 month timetable, Hightower isn’t a lock to be ready for Week 1. Dane Fletcher, James Morris, and Jonathan Freeny are competing for backup roles behind Hightower.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 25 - 8:29 PM

Patriots ILB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder) is a candidate to open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Hightower has been sidelined since undergoing shoulder surgery in early February. He’s only four months into his 6-7 month timetable and not expected to be cleared for the start of camp. Hightower should be ready for Week 1 if he avoids setbacks.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 6 - 4:49 PM

The Patriots have exercised LB Dont'a Hightower's fifth-year option for 2016.

After an inconsistent first two NFL seasons, Hightower broke out as a third-year pro for six sacks and 89 tackles in just 12 games. Hightower is currently coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's likely to be sidelined for all of OTAs, but the 25-year-old is in no danger of missing Week 1.
Apr 29 - 8:43 PM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower said his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery is "right on track, if not better."

Hightower had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder right after the Super Bowl and is expected to be sidelined 6-7 months. He admits he may not be available for much of OTAs or training camp. Coming off his breakout season, Hightower is entrenched as an every-down inside linebacker.
Apr 16 - 8:43 AM

CSN New England's Tom E. Curran says the decision to pick up Dont'a Hightower's fifth-year option is "cut-and-dried."

It's a no-brainer for the Pats. Hightower finished second in Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings last season while taking over Jerod Mayo's role as defensive play-caller. The fifth-year option, worth about $7.5 million, would be a placeholder while the two sides work on an extension. The Patriots have until May 3 to pick up Hightower's option.
Apr 9 - 7:26 PM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower is facing a six-to-seven month recovery timetable after undergoing shoulder surgery early in February.

Hightower will miss all of the Patriots' offseason program and is unlikely to be ready when training camp begins July 29. The Patriots begin their season on September 10, exactly seven months after the surgery. Hightower should be ready by then, but the long timetable makes Jerod Mayo's contract situation even more important.
Feb 21 - 9:59 AM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

The exact nature of Hightower's operation is unclear, though it's reportedly a labrum issue. This being the Patriots, we're unlikely to get official word any time soon. For now, Hightower — who is coming off an excellent season — should be considered questionable for OTAs.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 10 - 7:43 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower needs shoulder surgery.

Per Rapsheet, Hightower had been playing with "mostly one arm" as he battled a labrum injury. Hightower had been listed on the injury report with a shoulder issue since Week 14. Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, Hightower was one of the league's best inside linebackers in 2014.
Feb 2 - 1:33 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is inactive for Sunday night's Week 5 game against the Bengals.

Hightower is dealing with a knee injury and will be held out this week. Jamie Collins (thigh) is active. The Patriots inactives are OL Cameron Fleming, RB James White, OL Josh Kline, CB Malcolm Butler, and DL Zach Moore.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 07:05:00 PM

Patriots SLB Dont'a Hightower wants to be used more as a pass rusher on third down.

"I'll just put it out there: I would much rather rush or blitz than to cover: zone, man, or whatever," Hightower said. The Patriots would rather him rush as well. Hightower was one of the worst cover linebackers in the league last season, but he does have some skills as a pass rusher. Still, he will likely be limited to a two-down role in 2014.
Sat, May 3, 2014 09:11:00 AM

ESPN Boston expects the Patriots to remove OLB Dont'a Hightower in all sub-packages this season.

Hightower was one of the worst cover linebackers in the league last year, so the Patriots are limiting him to more of a two-down role. Jamie Collins projects to get the majority of snaps opposite Jerod Mayo in nickel packages.
Source: ESPN Boston
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 07:57:00 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower returned to the field in Week 7 after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

Hightower recorded seven tackles and a sack versus the Jets, bringing his season total to 28 total tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and a touchdown. He and Chandler Jones have been two of the most impressive defensive rookies in the league this season.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 12:49:00 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring) expects to be a game-time decision for Sunday versus the Broncos.

Hightower has put in a limited practice each day this week and says he has no pain in the hamstring. "It's up to coach. If he feels like I'm ready to go, then I'm going to go out there and do what I can," Hightower said of his stats. Tracy White filled in last week, and Bobby Carpenter was signed for depth.
Source: ESPN Boston
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 12:17:00 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower left Sunday's win over the Bills with a hamstring injury, but a source tells the Herald that he's "good."

Hightower tried to get back in the game by stretching and riding the bike on the sideline, but never returned to the field. It's a sign of a Grade 1, or mild, strain. The rookie declined to comment on the injury after the game.
Sun, Sep 30, 2012 05:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Matt Flynn
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3Jonas Gray
4James White
5Travaris Cadet
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brandon Gibson
4Brian Tyms
5Jonathan Krause
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Chris Harper
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Scott Chandler
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4AJ Derby
5Jake Bequette
K1Stephen Gostkowski