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Dont'a Hightower | Linebacker | #54

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (25) / NE
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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. Jan 31 - 8:38 AM

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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.
Jan 22 - 3:16 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.
Jan 15 - 4:52 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

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (MCL) is questionable for Week 13 against the Eagles.

Hightower sprained his MCL in Sunday's loss to Denver. That's usually a multi-week injury but Hightower has been practicing on a limited basis since Wednesday. DeMarco Murray might have trouble carving out space to run if Hightower and Jamie Collins (illness, questionable) are both on the field Sunday.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 04:00:00 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (sprained MCL) practiced with a brace on his knee Wednesday.

He was only able to get in a limited session, but it is an amazing turnaround after Hightower reportedly suffered a sprained MCL Sunday night. The Patriots run defense struggled with Hightower off the field against Denver, but with Hightower looking likely to play and Jamie Collins (illness) on the way back, New England should be able to shut down the Eagles' running game.
Source: Mass Live
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:34:00 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL Sunday night against Denver.

The injury is not season-ending, but Hightower should miss at least a couple weeks. New England struggled against the run once Hightower left Sunday night, and they were gashed by Frank Gore in a game Hightower missed earlier this season. With Hightower out, the health of Jamie Collins (illness) now takes on even more importance.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 08:50:00 AM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower was forced from Week 12 with a knee injury.

Hightower is listed as questionable to return, but was on the sidelines for the start of the second half. Darius Fleming is Hightower's backup.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 10:17:00 PM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower (ribs, questionable) is expected to be a game-time decision.

Hightower was able to practice on a limited basis all week, but he did the same thing last week before ultimately sitting out. With Chris Ivory and the Jets' league-leading rushing attack coming to town, the Patriots could use Hightower in the middle of their vulnerable run defense.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Patriots ILB Dont’a Hightower (ribs) has been ruled out for Week 6.

Jerod Mayo and Jonathan Freeny will replace Hightower. Jon Bostic should also be active this week.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 08:52:00 PM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower was forced from New England's Week 5 game against the Cowboys with a rib injury, and will not return.

Hightower went down in the first half, and was ruled out after the break. He's likely got a cracked rib or two. He should be considered questionable for Week 6.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 06:24:00 PM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is probable for Week 3 against the Jaguars.

Hightower was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but got in a full practice on Friday. He will play. Hightower has 20 tackles through two games.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 11:59:00 AM

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