Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
7 months ago

During the 2015 regular season, Hightower was on the field for 54.2 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

As the report notes, Hightower missed four games this season, and was limited in several others, but when healthy he's a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
8 months ago

Hightower (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower's regular season thus concludes with 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 12 games, with the linebacker -- a key to the team's run D -- now afforded time to heal up in advance of the Patriots' playoff opener, which will follow the team's first-round bye.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
8 months ago

Hightower (knee) is active Sunday against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

After putting in three limited practices this week, Hightower will be in the lineup at weak-side linebacker. Although he has 3.5 sacks on the year, he hasn't posted one since Week 8.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
8 months ago

Hightower (knee) is considered questionable to play Sunday against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower has been limited throughout the week due to a sprained MCL, an ailment he played through in last week's win over the Titans. At this point, it seems likely he'll take the field again, considering he was also limited leading up to the Tennessee game.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
8 months ago

Hightower (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

A knee issue limited Hightower to 31 snaps and one tackle (out of a possible 62) in Week 15's win over the Titans, with the linebacker now looking iffy for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
8 months ago

Hightower (knee)is active Sunday against the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

After putting in limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday, he got in a full session on Friday and will be in the lineup at inside linebacker after missing two games. Although he has 3.5 sacks on the season, he hasn't recorded one since Week 8.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
8 months ago

Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Initially listed as questionable last week, Hightower was later downgraded to out. However, with the benefit of another seven days to rest, he may actually have a shot to play in Sunday's game. He was a limited participant throughout the week of practice.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
8 months ago

Hightower (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 25-year-old practiced on a limited basis throughout the week, leading to an initial questionable designation ahead of Sunday's game. However, with Hightower still not 100 percent after suffering a sprained MCL in Week 12, the Patriots have made the call to hold him out for a second straight game. Fortunately for New England, Jamie Collins is back to help along the second level.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
8 months ago

Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was able to practice on a limited basis all week, a normal indication that the player would be able to suit up on a given week. However, that rule doesn't necessarily apply to the Patriots. The former first-round pick was able to practice on a limited basis somewhat last week, but the team opted to rest their star linebacker to preserve his health heading into the postseason. It seems like IDP owners should expect more of the same uncertainty heading into this week's matchup against the Texans.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
9 months ago

Hightower (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower, who suffered a sprained MCL during Week 12's loss to the Broncos, was sidelined against the Eagles on Sunday and remains questionable for Week 14. He was also a limited participant in practice last week prior to being ruled inactive, so fantasy owners should continue to monitor his status.