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

Hightower (pectoral) was placed on injured injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower underwent season-ending pectoral surgery nearly two weeks ago and has now officially been placed on injured reserve. Now, without both Hightower and fellow linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), the Patriots will have to rely on their depth at the position for the remainder of the season, starting with David Harris and Marquis Flowers.

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

Hightower underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reports surfaced earlier Thursday that Hightower would be shut down for the season with the pectoral injury, but the Patriots waited until the linebacker received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews before offering confirmation. With Andrew concluding that Hightower would require surgery, the Patriots wasted no time in having the 27-year-old undergo the procedure. Hightower is expected to make a full recovery in advance of the 2018 season, but the Patriots may have to lean more heavily on the likes of reserve linebackers David Harris and Marquis Flowers for the remainder of the current campaign.

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

Hightower (pectoral) is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews for an evaluation Thursday, after which the Patriots will have a better idea regarding the extent of his injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's believed that Hightower is dealing with a torn pectoral muscle, but he'll visit Andrews for a second opinion with the hope of hearing better news. If Andrews confirms the initial diagnosis, Hightower would likely require season-ending surgery to address the injury, creating a significant void on the second level for the Patriots. David Harris would likely be first in line to move into the starting lineup in Hightower's stead, but Shea McClellin (undisclosed) could enter the mix as well once's activated from injured reserve. McClellin is said to be progressing well from his unspecified injury and is eligible to be activated as soon as Nov. 12 against the Broncos.

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

Hightower has been diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower had already been ruled out this Sunday, but Thursday morning's news serves as a devastating blow to a defense that had already been struggling this year. Over five games this season, Hightower had collected 14 combined tackles and two sacks. This is his sixth season with New England, and will mark his first year in which he fails to amass 60 total tackles. In Hightower's stead, look for Marquis Flowers to fill in at linebacker unless the Patriots look outside the organization for a replacement. When Hightower missed two games earlier this year, Flowers saw an uptick in snaps and made three combined tackles.

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

Hightower (shoulder) won't play Sunday against the Chargers and could miss additional games, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower hurt his right shoulder during last Sunday's victory over the Falcons while stretching out to make a tackle. It isn't clear if this injury is similar to the torn labrum he sustained in the same shoulder in 2014, though he was able to play through the pain, for the most part, that year and only ended up missing two games. Kyle Van Noy will likely take over at middle linebacker in Hightower's absence and could see a boost in IDP value.

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

Hightower (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday, John Wilcox of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower suffered his shoulder injury Sunday night against the Falcons, one week removed from racking up seven tackles (six solo) and one sack against the Jets. Inexperienced linebacker Marquis Flowers will likely continue taking first-team snaps until Hightower is healthy again.

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

Hightower injured his shoulder during Sunday's 23-7 victory over the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Although the specifics of Hightower's injury aren't clear, this is definitely a concerning development since Hightower missed two games earlier in the season with a sprained knee. The linebacker will presumably undergo further testing in the coming days, but there's a chance his status won't be known until the Patriots release their first injury report of the week Wednesday.

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

Hightower recorded seven tackles (six solo) and one sack in Sunday's win over the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower matched fellow inside linebacker Kyle Van Noy for a team-high in tackles in what was easily his most productive outing of the regular season so far. Hightower only has 13 total tackles and two sacks this season, but after playing in 69 of the team's 76 defensive snaps Sunday, he may start to see more opportunities for increased production in the coming weeks.

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

Hightower (knee) is active for Thursday's matchup with the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower will suit up for Thursday's matchup after being in limited in practice this week with a hamstring injury. Look for him to split reps with Kyle Van Noy at inside linebacker throughout the contest.

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

Hightower (knee) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower played through his knee ailment in Sunday's loss to the Panthers but won't be able to make the quick turnaround for Thursday night's battle with the Buccaneers - despite his limited participation in practice this week. In his absence, expect Kyle Van Noy to continue to see increased snaps on defense.