Dont'a Hightower LB NE 18 Days

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 29 Days

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 2 Months

Hightower (shoulder) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, the Patriots' official site reports.

Hightower missed this past Sunday's game against the Chargers, so while his limited participation Wednesday is encouraging, the linebacker isn't a lock to play Sunday against the Dolphins.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 2 Months

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

With Hightower out, look for Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers to see added snaps in the Patriots' defense in Week 14.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 2 Months

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

If Hightower -- who recorded 10 tackles in Week 13 -- can't play Sunday, the likes of Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers would be in line for added work this week.