Hightower had surgery this February to repair a torn right labrum. The team is concerned that he might not be able to be ready for the start of the reguar season. He played through the injury for a good portion of the 2014 season prior to surgery.
The 25-year-old started all 12 games he played, collecting 89 total tackles, six sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Hightower totaled 89 tackles with six sacks and one forced fumble in 2014, helping lead New England to the Super Bowl. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Hightower played the Super Bowl with "mostly one arm" because of the injury.
Hightower played through the injury during Sunday’s 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX over the Seahawks. He finished the game with five tackles.
Rapoport reported that Hightower “played mostly with one arm” against the Seahawks.
All three were considered probable and in no real danger of missing the game Sunday. Brady threw for 4,109 yards with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2014.
Patriots center Bryan Stork is also active after being upgraded to probable for the game Saturday.
The game is currently pick'em between New England and Seattle Sunday.
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