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Dont'a Hightower | Linebacker | #54

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (25) / NE
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Patriots declared LB Dont'a Hightower, WR Danny Amendola, QB Jacoby Brissett, CB Justin Coleman, RB D.J. Foster, WR Matthew Slater and OT LaAdrian Waddle inactive for Week 16 against the Jets.
Hightower is out with a knee injury while Slater is dealing with a foot issue. Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder), Tom Brady (thigh) and Jordan Richards (knee) are all active for the Patriots. Michael Floyd, who was claimed off waivers from Arizona last week, will make his New England debut on Saturday. Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:41:00 AM

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Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee, questionable) traveled with the team to Denver.

It is a great sign for his availability this week. Hightower popped up on the injury report with a knee issue Thursday and was listed as questionable. It looks like he will be good to go against the Broncos.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 01:07:00 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6.

Hightower piled up 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a safety in the win over the Bengals. He dominated in his third game back from a torn meniscus and played all but two defensive snaps after playing just 29-of-63 plays in Week 5. Despite missing 2.5 games, Hightower is Pro Football Focus' No. 4 inside 'backer.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 09:41:00 AM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is recovering from a "slight tear" in his meniscus.

Per beat writer Jeff Howe, Hightower is "making good progress" and is questionable for Week 4 against the Bills after missing the past two games.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 01:34:00 PM

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

Hightower returned to a limited practice on Tuesday after missing Week 2 with a right knee injury. He should be able to get the green light. Jonathan Cooper (foot), Trey Flowers (shoulder), Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) and Eric Rowe (ankle) are also questionable for Thursday night.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 05:43:00 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is listed as doubtful for in Week 2.

Hightower's absence is a slight upgrade to Arian Foster's fantasy outlook.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 02:28:00 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) missed Wednesday's practice.

Hightower injured his right knee in the first quarter of Sunday night's win in Arizona. He sat out three plays before returning. Hightower is probably a little sore but he should be fine for Week 2 against the Dolphins.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Patriots contract-year MLB Dont'a Hightower was evasive when asked about extension talks on Thursday.

"I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that," Hightower said. "I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates." Coming off another strong year, Hightower will be gunning to top Lavonte David's $22.5 million guaranteed.
Thu, May 26, 2016 06:12:00 PM

CSN New England believes Patriots WLB Dont'a Hightower will command at least as much as Bucs WLB Lavonte David when he signs his next contract.

The Bucs signed David to a five-year, $50 million pact with $22.5 million guaranteed last offseason. While the Patriots could look to extend Hightower's contract this offseason, the belief is Hightower is a "smart businessman who’ll understand his value both in Foxboro or, if it comes to pass, elsewhere." Hightower earned PFF's fifth-highest 4-3 outside linebacker grade out of 35 qualifiers in 2015.
Sun, Jan 31, 2016 08:38:00 AM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos.

He's been practicing on a limited basis since Wednesday and should be all systems go for Sunday's AFC Championship. The Pats allowed 179 rushing yards to Denver in Week 12 but Hightower missed part of that game with an injury. Jamie Collins was also sidelined for that contest.
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Chiefs.

Hightower was held out of Week 17, but should play through his knee issue after getting an extended rest. The Patriots need Hightower healthy with the Chiefs likely to go run-heavy in the Divisional Round.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 04:52:00 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) admitted he is less than 100 percent.

"I’m definitely not 100 percent, but I’m feeling good," Hightower said. "I’m definitely back feeling good. The last couple of quarters definitely felt good getting out there and running around. I feel like I got my burst back. I’m just trying to build off of that." Hightower aggravated the knee injury which kept him out of two games Week 15 against the Titans, but he played and recorded five tackles against the Jets last week. Getting Hightower back to full health before the playoffs is just one of the many challenges facing the Patriots' training staff heading into Week 17.
Source: WEEI
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower exited Week 15 against the Titans with a knee injury.

He did not return to the game. Trainers on the sideline were looking at the same left knee which kept Hightower out the previous two weeks. Now almost assured a first-round bye, the Patriots' first order of business should be getting healthy over the final two weeks.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 10:59:00 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is questionable for Week 15 against the Titans.

Hightower is expected to return after sitting out two games with a sprained MCL. He's been a limited participant at practice this week. It's good timing as New England just lost Jonathan Freeny to a hand injury.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Patriots declared LB Dont'a Hightower, DT Dominique Easley, WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski, SS Jordan Richards and RB Trey Williams inactive for Week 13 against the Eagles.

Hightower is out with a sprained MCL. He practiced on a limited basis this week so there's optimism he could suit up against the Texans in Week 14. Danny Amendola (knee), Patrick Chung (foot), Justin Coleman (hand) and Jamie Collins (illness) are all active for New England.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 03:19:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Dion Lewis
4Brandon Bolden
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3RB1James White
2Dion Lewis
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Michael Floyd
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Malcolm Mitchell
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Matt Lengel
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Tre' Jackson
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski