Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
6 days ago

Hightower won't need offseason surgery on his knee or shoulder, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout the 2016 season but still played in 13 regular season games and four playoff games. It's an encouraging sign that he won't need surgery and he should be a full participant in offseason practices.

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

Hightower (shoulder) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI versus the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

A shoulder injury has placed a cap on Hightower's workload in practice during the postseason, but he still managed 11 combined tackles (seven solo) during the Patriots' pair of victories against the Texans and Steelers.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
3 weeks ago

Hightower (shoulder) is questionable to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower played through the same shoulder injury in the AFC championship game. Given the absence of any reported setbacks, look for him to do the same on Sunday.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
4 weeks ago

Hightower (shoulder) was limited in Thursday's practice session.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower played in Sunday's AFC championship game despite being limited due to his shoulder injury in practice last week. Barring any setbacks, he isn't expected to be held out or limited in the Super Bowl next week.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
1 month ago

Hightower (shoulder) will be active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was able to participate in practice throughout the week, so he'll ultimately be good to go for the AFC championship game. Expect him to start at middle linebacker per usual as the Pats look to shut down the Steelers' potent offense.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
1 month ago

Hightower (shoulder) is questionable to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

The details surrounding Hightower's shoulder injury haven't been specified, but considering he participated in every practice the Patriots held this week, it doesn't appear overly concerning. Barring some sort of setback between now and kickoff, he should be good to go.

Dont'a Hightower
LB NE (9)
1 month ago

Hightower was limited in Wednesday's practice session due to a shoulder injury.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower wasn't limited in the divisional round and is likely being rested just to ensure his health for the AFC championship. Barring any setbacks, Hightower should be able to play against the Steelers on Sunday.

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

Hightower (knee) is active for Sunday's tilt against the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was able to practice throughout the week after missing the Patriots' last game against the Jets. He'll start at middle linebacker per usual in Week 17.

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

Hightower (knee) is questionable to play in Sunday's game versus the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower missed his third game of the season last Sunday versus the Jets but has participated in every practice since. Look for his status to be confirmed prior to kickoff.

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

Hightower (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower's knee issue won't be tested in Week 16 with the playoffs looming, llwhile Kyle Van Noy figures to see an expanded role at middle linebacker.