Dont'a Hightower

#54 LB / New England Patriots / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 265 lb Age: 27 College: Alabama Bye 9

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  • Hightower (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Hightower underwent season-ending pectoral surgery nearly two weeks ago and now officially has been placed on injured reserve. Without both Hightower and fellow linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), the Patriots will have to rely on their depth at the position for the remainder of the season, starting with David Harris and Marquis Flowers.

  • Hightower underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Reports surfaced earlier Thursday that Hightower would be shut down for the season with the pectoral injury, but the Patriots waited until the linebacker received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews before offering confirmation. With Andrews concluding that Hightower would require surgery, the Patriots wasted no time in having the 27-year-old undergo the procedure. Hightower is expected to make a full recovery in advance of the 2018 season, but the Patriots may have to lean more heavily on the likes of reserve linebackers David Harris and Marquis Flowers for the remainder of the current campaign.

  • Hightower has been diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Hightower had already been ruled out this Sunday, but Thursday morning's news serves as a devastating blow to a defense that had already been struggling this year. Over five games this season, Hightower had collected 14 combined tackles and two sacks. This is his sixth season with New England, and will mark his first year in which he fails to amass 60 total tackles. In Hightower's stead, look for Marquis Flowers to fill in at linebacker unless the Patriots look outside the organization for a replacement. When Hightower missed two games earlier this year, Flowers saw an uptick in snaps and made three combined tackles.

  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Injures shoulder
    By RotoWire Staff

    Hightower injured his shoulder during Sunday's 23-7 victory over the Falcons. Although the specifics of Hightower's injury aren't clear, this is definitely a concerning development since Hightower missed two games earlier in the season with a sprained knee. The linebacker will presumably undergo further testing in the coming days, but there's a chance his status won't be known until the Patriots release their first injury report of the week Wednesday.

  • Hightower recorded seven tackles (six solo) and one sack in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets. Hightower matched fellow inside linebacker Kyle Van Noy for the team high in tackles in what was easily his most productive outing of the regular season so far. Hightower only has 13 total tackles and two sacks this season, but after playing in 69 of the team's 76 defensive snaps Sunday, he may start to see more opportunities for increased production in the coming weeks.

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