Dont'a Hightower LB NE 2 Days

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.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 4 Days

Hightower (knee) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Jets.

With Jerod Mayo on IR, Hightower is in line to play a key role in the Patriots' defense going forward, but since he's coming off an injury, we'd like to see him get a full and productive game in before suggesting that he be deployed in fantasy lineups.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 5 Days

Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Jets, ESPN.com reports.

With Jerod Mayo out for the season, a prominent role awaits Hightower once he's fully healthy, but we'd like to see him get a full and productive game in before endorsing him as a fantasy lineup option.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 6 Days

Hightower (knee) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.

Hightower was able to practice in a limited capacity all of last week but still ended up missing his second straight game due to the knee injury. His status for Thursday's matchup against the Jets is uncertain, but the Patriots figure to push to get him back as soon as possible, with Jerod Mayo (knee) done for the year.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 6 Days

Hightower (knee, limited) appears on the Patriots' initial injury report in advance of Thursday's game against the Jets, ESPN.com reports.

With Jerod Mayo out for the season, Hightower's responsibilities in the Patriots' defense are in line to increase, but before that happens, he'll need to re-establish his health after missing the team's last two games.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 8 Days

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

More on Hightower's status as this coming Thursday's game against the Jets approaches, but given the Patriots' upcoming short week, the linebacker isn't a lock to return in Week 7.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 10 Days

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

After being inactive for last Sunday's game against the Bengals, Hightower -- who has recorded 20 tackles and two sacks in four games -- is no lock to play this weekend, despite practicing on a limited basis this week.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 12 Days

Hightower (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.

After missing Week 5's contest against the Bengals, Hightower remains in the iffy category in advance of Sunday's game against the Bills.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 15 Days

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

We'll revisit Hightower's status in advance of Week 6's contest against the Bills next weekend.

Dont'a Hightower LB NE 17 Days

Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's night's game against the Bengals, ESPN.com reports.

We'll track Hightower's status in the coming days and with 20 tackles and two sacks in four games to date, he has carved out some deep league utility.