Dont'a Hightower

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Ryan Hannable
December 17, 2018 - 10:03 pm
It’s been an unusual year in New England when it comes to the Patriots. At 9-5 with two weeks remaining, the Patriots are already guaranteed to have the most losses in a season since 2009 and also have a real chance to play on wild card weekend for the first time since that year as well. There’s no...
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Ryan Hannable
October 25, 2018 - 5:09 pm
FOXBORO -- Another week, another long injury report for the Patriots. There are 12 players on the injury report Thursday, including some new names -- Sony Michel (knee), Brian Schwenke (foot) Trent Brown (ankle) and Dont'a Hightower (knee). Michel and Schwenke missed Thursday's practice, while...
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Ryan Hannable
October 24, 2018 - 10:21 am
Dont'a Hightower usually doesn't play much special teams, but the Patriots saw something against the Bears and it paid off. The Patriots linebacker blocked a punt, which was recovered by linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. This gave the Patriots a 31-24 lead at the...
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Ryan Hannable
October 18, 2018 - 5:34 pm
FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower had arguably his best game of the season last Sunday against the Chiefs. Hightower was all over the field and had an interception of Patrick Mahomes, which set up a first half touchdown for the Patriots. The linebacker has noted he's still working his...
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Ryan Hannable
October 10, 2018 - 9:17 am
FOXBORO -- After struggling in Weeks 2 and 3, the Patriots defense has seemingly put things together to get back on track. Overall, the unit is ranked 16th in the league, but ninth in points allowed, allowing an average of 21.6 points per game. There's no question the defense has gotten better as...
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Ryan Hannable
October 01, 2018 - 11:30 am
For as much as Dont'a Hightower hasn't been himself the first three weeks of the season, he seemed to pick things up Sunday against the Dolphins. Hightower had his best game of the season despite only having two tackles, but he was swarming to the ball and was the signal-caller after the team lost...
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Ryan Hannable
September 27, 2018 - 5:30 pm
FOXBORO -- Dont'a Hightower hasn't looked himself through three games this season, although some of that may be due to him working his way back after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury. On The Ringer's GM Street podcast this week , former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi suggested...
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Alex Reimer
September 24, 2018 - 10:08 am
The Lions moved the ball at will against the Patriots in the first half Sunday, securing 14 first downs and holding the ball for 12 minutes and 30 seconds in the opening quarter. It was almost like the Patriots had no idea what was coming. Except, they did, which makes their woeful performance even...
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Ryan Hannable
September 19, 2018 - 5:47 pm
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick wouldn't talk about new wide receiver Josh Gordon, but his new teammates did. "He’s a really good player and it’s good to have him here," Rob Gronkowski said. The Patriots saw first hand back in 2013 how good Gordon is, as he recorded seven receptions for 151 yards and a...
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Ryan Hannable
September 05, 2018 - 5:44 pm
FOXBORO -- It's hard to discuss Dont'a Hightower without mentioning his injury history and how he hasn't played more than 13 games since 2013. The linebacker is certainly well-aware of it and noted Wednesday how he took steps this offseason to help prevent them from happening. “The biggest thing...
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