QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
23 hours ago

Hightower (knee) is questionable to play in New England's Week 4 game against Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower has missed the Patriots' last two games due to his knee injury but was able to practice in a limited fashion all week and is nearing a return. Look for Elandon Roberts to see extra time once again if Hightower is limited or held out.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
3 days ago

Hightower has a slight tear of the meniscus in his knee, but is progressing nicely with his recovery, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower has missed the Patriots' last two contests due to the knee issue, but he could make his return Week 4 against the Bills. If this becomes the case, Elandon Roberts figures to return to his reserve role at middle linebacker.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
1 week ago

Hightower (knee) has been listed as inactive for Thursday's game against the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was limited in practice all week, leaving him as a toss up to play Week 3. This will be his second missed game since spraining his MCL in the team's Week 1 game. The added time off prior to Week 4 may be enough for him to get back on the field. Look for Elandon Roberts to see some extra time once again in Hightower's absence.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
2 weeks ago

Hightower (knee) was listed as a limited participant at Tuesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was upgraded from non-participation for the first time since suffering a sprained MCL in Week 1, but he was sporting a large knee brace and had a noticeable limp, according to Courtney Fallon of NFL Network. Considering Tuesday's practice was a walk-through without pads, Hightower's upgraded participation shouldn't be taken as a sign he's likely to play in Thursday's game against Houston. At best, he'll be game-time decision.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
2 weeks ago

Hightower (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's injury report.

EDGE Analysis

The Patriots didn't actually practice, but if they had, Hightower likely would have been absent. He also missed practice all last week, ultimately getting a 'doubtful' designation on the Friday injury report. Jonathan Freeny and Shea McClellin covered most of Hightower's vacated playing time Sunday against Miami, both logging a little more than half the defensive snaps. With the Patriots on a short week ahead of Thursday's game against Houston, the 26-year-old Hightower is in serious danger of missing a second straight game.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
2 weeks ago

Hightower (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Hightower won't be in the lineup Sunday after missing three consecutive practices throughout the week. Rookie Elandon Roberts figures to see additional reps at middle linebacker with Hightower sidelined.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
2 weeks ago

Hightower (knee) is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower missed a third consecutive practice Friday, leaving him as a long shot to suit up Sunday against Miami. His official status will be available Friday afternoon when the Patriots release their final injury report. Rookie sixth-rounder Elandon Roberts is next up on the depth chart at middle linebacker, but he wouldn't necessarily have a three-down role in the event of a Hightower absence.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
2 weeks ago

Hightower (knee) was not present at practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower suffered a leg injury during the earlier portion of Sunday's win over the Cardinals before returning to the field for the remainder of the contest, and he could be in danger of missing Week 2's tilt against the Dolphins. Potential IDP owners should keep an eye on the situation throughout the week, while Elandon Roberts is the No. 2 option at middle linebacker for the Patriots.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
9 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.

QDont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
9 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.