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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Plans to play in 2022

    Hightower plans to play next season, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports. Hightower will be a free agent at the start of the new league year, which is March 16. The soon-to-be 32-year-old has spent all nine of his NFL seasons thus far with the Patriots. Hightower finished last season with 64 tackles (39 solo), 1.5 sacks and a pass defensed on 610 defensive snaps.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Suiting up for playoff opener

    Hightower (knee) is listed as active Saturday in Buffalo. Hightower played through a knee injury Week 17 versus the Jaguars, but the Patriots held him out of their season finale in Miami. After putting together three consecutive limited listings on practice reports this week, he's done enough to be cleared for action in the wild-card round. On the campaign, Hightower has compiled 64 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 outings.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Questionable for Saturday

    Hightower (knee) is questionable for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Bills, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Hightower missed the regular-season finale with the knee injury and was limited at practice throughout the week. His potential absence would be a big blow for the Patriots' defense and would likely mean Ja'Whaun Bentley would have to step into an expanded role against Philadelphia.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Out for finale

    The Patriots have downgraded Hightower (knee) to out for Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Dolphins. It looks like the Patriots will err on the side of caution with their starting middle linebacker ahead of the playoffs. In his absence, Ja'Whaun Bentley is the likely candidate to replace him at middle linebacker against Miami.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Active Sunday

    Hightower (knee) will play Sunday against the Jaguars. Hightower was unable to practice Friday, but he's ready to go Sunday. He should receive the majority of the work at middle linebacker Sunday.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: On track to play

    Hightower (knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports. Hightower was labeled questionable with a knee injury on Friday's injury report, but he's apparently on track to suit up Sunday. The 31-year-old has 62 tackles (37 solo) and a half-sack in 14 games this season.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Questionable for Sunday

    Hightower (knee) is questionable for Sunday against the Jaguars. Hightower did not participate in practice Friday after getting in limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday. This would seem to be a step in the wrong direction for the 10-year veteran. However, with four linebackers currently on the COVID list, it's possible the team decided to play it safe with Hightower on Friday. Either way, he's likely going to be a game-time decision for Sunday against the Jaguars.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Set to face Bills

    Hightower (ankle) does not carry an injury designation into Monday's game against the Bills, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports. Hightower was limited for the team's first two practices of the week with an ankle injury. However, he turned in a full session Saturday and will be ready to suit up Monday. In 11 games this season, Hightower has recorded 45 total tackles with 0.5 sacks and one pass defended.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Dealing with ankle issue

    Hightower (ankle) was a limited practice participant Friday. Hightower battled an ankle injury earlier in the season, but he had been absent from the injury report for several weeks. That he was able to practice in limited fashion both Thursday and Friday is encouraging for his availability Monday against the Bills. However, his status should become more clear based on his participation in Saturday's practice.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Questionable for Sunday

    Hightower (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Hightower missed Week 7 but was able to put in limited practices all week. If he can't go, Ja'Whaun Bentley (ribs) would likely see more snaps, though he is in a similar situation with an injury of his own.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Sidelined with elbow injury

    Hightower (elbow) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets. Hightower injured his elbow during the Patriots' Week 6 contest. Though he was able to return to that game, he did not practice Friday and is now set to miss his first contest of the season. Ja'Whaun Bentley figures to take over a bigger role in Hightower's absence.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Officially questionable

    Hightower (elbow) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets. Hightower's designation comes after being a non-participant at Friday's practice. Several of New England's linebackers have drawn questionable tags. The middle linebacker's final status will be determined by how he is feeling closer to kickoff.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Returns to game

    Hightower (elbow) has returned to Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports. Hightower will gut it out, with the Patriots experiencing a number of injuries on defense. He'll take over at middle linebacker.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Hurts elbow Sunday

    Hightower is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cowboys with an elbow injury. Hightower's absence leaves the Patriots without their starting middle linebacker. Ja'Whaun Bentley should see extra snaps in the meantime.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Notches six tackles

    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

    Hightower intends to play for the 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

    Patriots safety Devin McCourty said he expects 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: Gearing up Sunday

    Hightower (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans. One of many 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: Only one tackle against Eagles

    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 Patriots' efforts to contain Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in Week 12.
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  • Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Racks up 13 tackles

    Hightower tallied 13 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Ravens. This was Hightower's highest tackle count of the season, surpassing his previous season best of eight. Hightower was one of the Patriots' main spies on Lamar Jackson, which is likely one of the main reasons for his heightened success. The veteran linebacker will enjoy Week 10's bye week and look to pick up where he left off Week 11 against the Eagles.
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