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54 Dont'a Hightower OLB

New England Patriots

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Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower hopeful of starting season on time
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower has declared himself ahead of schedule in his rehab from shoulder surgery and is hoping to play in the regular season opener on Sept. 10.

"Honestly, I don't have a target date," he told ESPN. "I've seen doc, and everything is going great right now. I'm right on track ... it's something that's going to take time. I can't say 'three weeks' or whatever. ... I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.

Hightower, who underwent surgery in February and was supposed to be out 6-7 months, played in 12 games last season, contributing to 89 tackles and recording a career-high six sacks.

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Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower to miss at least six months
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is going to miss between six and seven months, according to the Boston Globe.

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.

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Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower undergoes labrum surgery
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum. He posted a picture of himself after the surgery in a sling.

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.

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Report: Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower to have labrum surgery
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum, according to a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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.

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Tom Brady, Akeem Ayers get the green light for Super Bowl Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) and linebackers Akeem Ayers (knee) and Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) are active and set to play in the Super Bowl Sunday against the Seahawks, the team announced.

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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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012New England Patriots146043.0174000.0003
2013New England Patriots169755.0421000.0003
2014New England Patriots128951.0386000.0002
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012New England Patriots1400002621
2013New England Patriots1600000000
2014New England Patriots1200100000
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