Dont'a Hightower LB NE 7 Hrs

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 2 Days

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 5 Days

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 7 Days

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 9 Days

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 11 Days

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 14 Days

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 16 Days

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.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 2 Months

Hightower was on the field for all 82 defensive snaps in Sunday's 43-21 win over the Broncos, ESPN.com reports.

Hightower recorded six tackles in the contest, giving him 29 stops over his last three games, as the Patriots head into their Week 10 bye.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 2 Months

Hightower (knee) was on the field for all 87 defensive snaps in Thursday's win over the Jets, ESPN.com reports.

As was fellow linebacker Jamie Collins, with the duo in line to remain busy moving forward, with Jerod Mayo on IR. With Hightower having re-established his health, and coming off a 13-tackle, one-sack effort in Week 7, he's worth a look in IDP formats, though note that the Patriots' bye is in Week 10.