Dont'a Hightower

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Ryan Hannable
October 26, 2017 - 2:02 pm
Over the years the Patriots have been masters of overcoming injuries and inserting new, inexperienced players into big roles and having them succeed. Just look at how the first half of the season has gone without Julian Edelman. It hasn’t been perfect, but Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola...
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Ryan Hannable
October 26, 2017 - 10:34 am
The Patriots lost the leader of their defense in Dont’a Hightower for the season on Thursday with a torn pectoral muscle suffered Sunday night against the Falcons. This season he has shown the versatility to line up as an edge rusher as well as in his typical spot in the middle of the defense on...
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Ryan Hannable
October 26, 2017 - 8:41 am
The Patriots defense will be without its most important player the rest of the season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media , Dont'a Hightower is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered against the Falcons Sunday night. Hightower has battled shoulder and knee injuries his whole...
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Ryan Hannable
October 25, 2017 - 8:23 pm
FOXBORO -- Dont'a Hightower's shoulder injury suffered against the Falcons could keep him out a few games. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald , Hightower will miss Sunday's game against the Chargers and could be out a bit longer after that. The extent of the injury is still being evaluated...
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Ryan Hannable
October 25, 2017 - 1:11 pm
FOXBORO -- There was a good amount of info coming from the media portion of Patriots practice on Wednesday. There were five players not spotted including Dont'a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Danny Amendola, Eric Rowe and Harvey Langi. Hightower (shoulder) and Brown (ankle) both left Sunday's game...
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Ryan Hannable
October 21, 2017 - 8:00 am
It wasn’t until basically when the Patriots reached the Super Bowl last year that fans and media totally bought into the defense. Early on this season it has been much of the same critiques, although for valid reason. Going into Week 7, the unit is last in total defense and 30th in points allowed,...
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Ryan Hannable
October 15, 2017 - 5:44 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Patriots allowed the Jets, who had the 29th-ranked offense coming into the game, to rack up 408 total yards of offense and quarterback Josh McCown to throw a season-high 354 yards, but were able to hold on for a 24-17 win. The defense allowed the Jets to score...
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Ryan Hannable
October 12, 2017 - 5:14 pm
FOXBORO -- Last Thursday night against the Buccaneers, Dont'a Hightower played more snaps as a middle linebacker than in any other game this season. He still was used as an edge rusher in the base defense, but in sub packages he was in the middle, like he's been the majority of his career. It...
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Ryan Hannable
October 06, 2017 - 11:52 am
It isn't too often Bill Belichick singles players out, but he did on Friday. Speaking on a conference call, Belichick noted the leadership of Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty this week, a short week leading into their Thursday night game against the Buccaneers on the road. The Patriots were...
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Ryan Hannable
October 06, 2017 - 3:53 am
TAMPA, Fla. — Having the worst defense overall and second-worst defense in points allowed after the first four weeks with the amount of talent the Patriots have, something needed to change. New England switched its defense up a bit Thursday night against the Buccaneers and it paid dividends as the...
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