Hightower is confirmed to have suffered a sprained MCL during Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, The Boston Globe reports. Hightower's injury adds to the Patriots' growing list of absentees, but fortunately his sprained knee isn't expected to keep him sidelined for long. While a more definitive timetable for Hightower's return should surface soon, New England may be without their defensive signal-caller Sunday against the Eagles.
Hightower is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, NFL.com reports. Per the report, while such an injury is not season-ending in nature, Hightower could be out for a few weeks, a scenario that would represent a big hit to the Patriots' run defense while the linebacker is out.
Hightower left Sunday's game in Denver due to a knee injury. Hightower was originally considered questionable to return, but he was on the sidelines without a helmet after halftime. It is a good sign that he returned to the sideline, as opposed to staying back in the trainer's room. Jerod Mayo is now staying on the field for passing downs, which could make him a viable IDP option if Hightower misses time beyond Sunday.
Hightower (ribs) was on the field for all but one of the Patriots' defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Jets. In the process, the linebacker recorded 10 tackles, upping his mark on the season on that front to 35 in six games, to go along with 2.5 sacks.
Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower (ribs) has been deemed active for Sunday against the Jets. In four games, Hightower has recorded 25 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks, numbers that carry some Fantasy utility in deeper formats.