Hightower (knee) won't play in Sunday's contest against the Texans. Hightower was considered a toss-up heading into Week 3 after being limited in practice throughout the week. Look for Kyle Van Noy to step into the starting lineup to fill in for Hightower against Houston this week.
Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Hightower was a limited participant in practice this week, but there has been little indication of whether he's expected to be ready to play. If there is any doubt, expect the Patriots to err on the side of caution with their injury-prone linebacker.
Hightower (knee) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday. This is already a major improvement for Hightower after he sat out practice all of last week. Thursday and Friday's practices will prove pivotal on whether the 27-year-old is available against the Texans on Sunday, otherwise he should be back for Week 4.
Hightower (knee), who was originally given a timetable of 2-to-3 weeks, will return to the field either this week or next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This is fairly good news for Hightower after receiving a second opinion on his knee. He did not play in Sunday's game against the Saints following the diagnosis, so he could be back for Week 3's matchup with the Texans. The team will likely provide updates on the linebacker's health throughout this week of practice.
Hightower visited Dr. James Andrews over the last week for a second opinion on the knee he injured during the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Chiefs, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. There was initial optimism that Hightower's knee injury, one that kept him from playing against the Chiefs after suffering it, was not serious but a second opinion from Dr. Andrews is never something that provides optimism. Hightower has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, and it remains unclear how long he'll be sidelined.
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