Dont'a Hightower LB NE 2 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) will likely need six or seven months to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Boston Herald reports.Hightower played through the injury for the entire postseason, but he may not be ready by Week 1. He should return to a starting role whenever he's healthy enough to do so.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 2 months ago

Hightower will undergo labrum surgery in the offseason, Ian Rappoport of NFL Network reports.

Hightower was reportedly playing through Sunday's Super Bowl with just one good arm, but still managed to take down Marshawn Lynch short of the goal line the play before Malcolm Brown intercepted Russell Wilson to seal the victory. While it appears he is headed for offseason surgery, it shouldn't be anything that causes him to miss the beginning of the 2015 season barring something unforeseen.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 3 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Seahawks.

Hightower landed on the injury report with a shoulder injury, but it was never considered to be overly serious. Look for him to resume his regular role at outside linebacker.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 3 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) is not listed on the Patriots' injury report in advance of Saturday's divisional round playoff game against the Ravens.

The Patriots played it safe with Hightower in their regular season finale, but he's good to go for Saturday's playoff tilt, coming off a 2014 campaign in which he racked up 89 tackles and six sacks in 12 games.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 4 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.

With the Patriots having clinched the top seed in the AFC, Hightower is among the banged up players the team will sit Sunday, with an eye toward having them healthy for the divisional round of the playoffs.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 4 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Hightower recorded eight tackles and half a sack in Week 15, while seeing full-time duty in the Patriots' defense. To date, Hightower has racked up 80 tackles and five sacks in 11 games and as long as he can stay on the field, he'll remain on the IDP radar.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 4 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, the Patriots' official site reports.

We'll verify Hightower's status Sunday, but with no reported setbacks in Week 15, we'd expect him to be able to continue to see full-time work in the New England defense once again this weekend.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 4 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) was on the field for all 78 snaps on defense in Sunday's win over the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.

In the process, Hightower recorded eight tackles and half a sack. With his full-time status re-established, the linebacker once again merits fantasy consideration.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 4 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Hightower, who returns to action after a one-game absence, checks in with 72 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 10 games to date. Assuming no setbacks, he and Jamie Collins are in line to handle the bulk of the team's linebacking duties on Sunday.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 4 months ago

Hightower (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.

Given that Hightower missed last week's game against the Chargers, he isn't a lock to play Sunday against the Dolphins, though once he reestablishes his health, the linebacker merits IDP consideration. In his last outing, Hightower recorded 10 tackles in Week 13.