Dont'a Hightower

#54 LB / New England Patriots / EXP: 9YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 260 lb Age: 31 College: Alabama Bye 14

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Notches six tackles

    Dont'a Hightower recorded six tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets.The 2012 first-round pick opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, but he's starting at middle linebacker once again. Hightower has tallied 10 tackles through the first two games of the year. In 2019, he posted 71 tackles through 15 games.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Intends to play in 2021

    Dont'a Hightower intends to play for the New England Patriots in 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.Hightower was one of eight Patriots to opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns related to COVID-19, but it looks as though he wants to return for the team in 2021. Whether New England will reciprocate those feelings is a bit more unclear, given that $9.95 million of Hightower's $12.45 million cap hit for next season would be cleared if he's traded or released. Safety Patrick Chung and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon both also announced that they'll return in 2021.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Likely to play in 2021

    New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty said he expects Dont'a Hightower to return for 2021, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.One of eight Patriots to opt out for 2020, the 31-year-old linebacker apparently plans to resume his career, though it isn't clear he'll stay in New England. Hightower is scheduled for a $12.45 million cap hit in the final year of his contract, with the Patriots able to clear up $9.95 million in cap space if he's traded or released.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Status for next year unclear

    It's unclear whether Dont'a Hightower (opt out) plans to return to the New England Patriots next season, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.Hightower will be 31 at the start of the 2021 campaign and became a father shortly before opting out of the 2020 season. While safety Patrick Chung has committed to returning to the Patriots after sitting out 2020, it remains to be seen whether the veteran linebacker will follow suit or if Hightower's ready to move on from football.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Opting out of 2020

    Dont'a Hightower is opting out of the 2020 season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.Hightower became a first-time father July 16, which likely played a big role in his decision. He's one of five New England Patriots that have decided to opt out, joining OT Marcus Cannon, FB Danny Vitale, RB Brandon Bolden and OL Najee Toran. The 30-year-old linebacker made 15 starts last year, recording 71 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four pass defenses while playing 78 percent of defensive snaps.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Misses Pro Bowl with injury

    Dont'a Hightower will not participate in the Pro Bowl due to an undisclosed injury.Hightower's health concern didn't prevent him from playing 97 percent of defensive snaps during the wild-card loss to Tennessee, during which he notched nine tackles (eight solo). There's not yet any reason to believe that the 29-year-old is in danger of missing the beginning of New England's offseason program. Buffalo linebacker Tremaine Edmunds has been named to the Pro Bowl in Hightower's stead.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Tallies another sack

    Dont'a Hightower notched six tackles (three solo) and one sack during Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans.Hightower now has four sacks on the season, and he's within striking range of his career-best mark of six sacks. The veteran linebacker plays a key role in New England's defense, but he doesn't provide enough consistency as a run stopper to carry must-start value in IDP formats.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Gearing up Sunday

    Dont'a Hightower (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.One of many New England Patriots dealing with the flu, Hightower recovered enough for this AFC showdown. The veteran linebacker is a key piece of the team's run defense, as he's accrued 47 tackles and three sacks through 10 contests.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Out with illness Thursday

    Dont'a Hightower (illness) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.There must be a bug going around the New England Patriots' locker room, as eight other players were on the practice report with an illness. Friday's report will be telling for Hightower's availability Sunday.

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    Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Only one tackle against Eagles

    Dont'a Hightower recorded one tackle and one sack during Sunday's 17-10 victory over the Eagles.Hightower had one of those weird games where his teammates made the majority of the tackles, but the veteran at least made a huge play when it mattered by sacking Carson Wentz on third down to end a second-half Eagles drive. Hightower now has 41 tackles and three sacks through nine games and will be pivotal to the New England Patriots' efforts to contain Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in Week 12.

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