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Dont'a Hightower | Linebacker | #54

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 (chest) has been cleared for OTAs.
It puts Hightower ahead of his recovery schedule. Hightower is coming off an injury-filled season, missing the final nine weeks and entire playoffs. The Patriots are counting on a 2018 rebound. May 25 - 6:04 PM

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Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (chest) is expected to be cleared for training camp.

Hightower missed the final nine weeks and the entire postseason after landing on IR in November. He may not participate in OTAs, but his camp status isn't in doubt. Hightower is entering the second season of a four-year, $35.5 million contract.
Feb 10 - 3:46 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is out for the season with a torn pec.

Hightower had already been ruled out for Week 8, but he was thought to be dealing with a multiple-week injury rather than a season-ender. According to MMQB's Albert Breer, Hightower's pec was partially torn this spring, and that both dampened his free agent market and caused the Jets to pull their offer. Already struggling, this is a massive blow to New England's defense.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 08:33:00 AM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is in danger of missing multiple weeks due to a shoulder injury.

Hightower is already ruled out for Week 8. Per the Boston Herald, Hightower "could be out for a bit longer than that." Hightower has a history of shoulder injuries and shoulder surgeries. His loss will be felt immediately for a struggling Patriots defense that has been gashed by both the run and the pass.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 09:26:00 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 8.

Hightower was sidelined for the final quarter of Sunday night's game with his shoulder issue. He'll miss at least one game and could be looking at an extended absence. New England's already bad run defense takes a hit without Hightower.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 07:13:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 08:46:00 AM

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.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 03:15:00 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.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 11:37:00 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.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 04:48:00 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.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 05:20:00 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.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 11:01:00 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
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 08:11:00 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.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 04:42:00 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.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 02:56:00 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.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 06:02:00 PM

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