Dont'a Hightower reportedly has a torn pectoral, will miss the rest of the season
The Patriots will be without arguably their best defender for the stretch run
Patriots inebacker Dont'a Hightower has a torn pectoral and will miss the rest of the season, according to multiple reports.
Apparently, this injury has been lingering for a while, and it affected Hightower's free agency this offseason.
Hightower signed a Jets and Steelers. The Jets apparently to secure his services, baking him some cupcakes, sending Jets gear to his mother and reportedly offering a deal that averaged over $12 million per year, but it ultimately wasn't enough.with New England after an extended tour featuring visits with the
During his first five NFL seasons, Hightower recorded 404 combined tackles, 17 sacks and 13 passes defensed in 67 games. He suffered an injury during the Patriots' 2017 season opener against the Chiefs and missed the next two games, but had been his usual productive self over the past four weeks before apparently going down for the year with this injury.
It's terrible timing for the Pats, who were finally starting to get right on defense after a brutal start to the year on defense. They held the Buccaneers, Jets, and Falcons to a combined 38 points over the past three weeks after yielding 131 to the Chiefs, Saints, Texans and Panthers during their first four games.
With Hightower out, Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and David Harris will all presumably see more snaps, but the Patriots might also elect to use more of their three-safety look with Patrick Chung dropping down into the box.
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