Dont'a Hightower Injury Updates

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is active for today's game against Washington. He missed last week with a shoulder injury and entered this week questionable. We'll see whether Hightower's return cuts into the playing time of Kyle Van Noy or Jamie Collins, each of whom played 100% last week. We're not adjusting our IDP outlooks for either player, though.

Patriots DL Michael Bennett is active for today's game against the Bills. He entered the day questionable with a shoulder injury and saw his snaps dip last week. LB Dont'a Hightower is inactive with his own shoulder injury. Neither should have factored into your IDP plans much, and Hightower's absence doesn't change the outlook for the New England team defense.

The Patriots have ruled LB Dont'a Hightower out for Sunday's game against New Orleans with a right knee injury. We'll see about his status heading toward Week 3, but Hightower's not worth owning in most IDP leagues at this point. It's the same knee that dogged him throughout the offseason, camp and preseason. The Patriots have also showed willingness in the past to bring him along slowly even when he's active.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower left Thursday night's game with a right knee injury after another player fell into the side of it. He could be seen riding the stationary bike on the sideline with a hot pad on the joint. The team announced that he's questionable to return. The right knee is the same spot that kept Hightower out of action until late August.

The Patriots on Tuesday activated LB Dont'a Hightower off the PUP list. He had been sitting out with a right knee injury. New England re-signed him in the offseason to a multi-year deal, however, which included $19 million in guarantees. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Hightower was always believed to be on track for Week 1. His return coincided with LB Elandon Roberts returning to practice after missing a few days with a rib injury. Roberts had been calling the plays and wearing the green-dot helmet on defense recently, but Hightower's the more likely candidate for that role if he's at full health. We'll see what the playing time looks like in the 3rd preseason game this weekend. Neither makes for a strong IDP candidate, but Hightower carries a high weekly ceiling when fully healthy.

The Patriots will open training camp with LB Dont'a Hightower on the PUP list. Hightower missed offseason workouts after dealing with knee and shoulder issues last season. The knee cost him 3 games and landed him on the injury report 8 times, but New England re-signed him in the offseason after the Jets and Steelers took seemingly serious looks at the vet. Durability has been a perennial issue for Hightower, who should continue to present more value to the Patriots than IDP owners when on the field. The team can activate Hightower from the camp PUP at any time.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is active after missing the past 2 games with a knee injury. That should make him OK to use as you normally would in IDP leagues, given that Hightower has steadily increased his practice participation to this point. Of course, New England is consistently tough to predict. So use caution.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower will miss his 2nd straight game tonight against the Texans. He's out with a knee injury, despite having put in limited practices each of the past 2 weeks. Hightower would seem to be on track for a Week 4 return after the long week following the Thursday night game. But we'll have to keep an eye on his status. Jonathan Freeny will start in his place.

As expected, Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower will miss today's game against the Dolphins. He missed practice all week with a knee injury.

The Patriots will have DE Chandler Jones (abdomen, toe), LB Jamie Collins (back), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) active for today's AFC Championship game at Denver. All carried "questionable" tags, but Collins was the only iffy player after suffering his injury in the win over the Chiefs. That situation adds risk to him as an IDP play in fantasy football lineups this weekend. Jones also played a more limited role last week than usual and is more boom/bust than when at full health. The New England defense carries lots of turnover upside, however, against a Denver offense that threw the league's most INTs this year.

The Patriots list LB Jamie Collins (back), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), DE Chandler Jones (abdomen, toe) and DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) as questionable for Sunday's game in Denver. Ninkovich and Hightower played through their issues for regular snaps last week and should be just fine for the game. Collins suffered his injury against the Chiefs but is expected to play. Jones played through his issues last week as well but in a more limited role than usual. He's not a good IDP option. We'll check on the status for all before Sunday's game, but the Patriots defense carries plenty of upside against a Denver team that threw the league's most INTs during the regular season.

The Patriots might miss S Patrick Chung (foot) and LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) Sunday against the Jets. Both enter the weekend questionable. Chung's listed with the foot issue that he has played through for several weeks rather than the hip injury he suffered in the 4th quarter last week. So we'd expect him to play. In the same game, Hightower aggravated an existing knee injury that had already cost him games. We'd bet on at least a smaller role for him if he's active against the Jets. Don't plan to use Hightower in your IDP lineup.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower hobbled of the field early in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's win over the Titans. Trainers checked out his left knee on the sideline, the same knee in which an MCL sprain cost Hightower the past 2 games. We'll see about his status in the coming week, but he'll be tough to like for IDP lineups even if active.

Patriots OLB Jamie Collins is active for today's game against the Eagles after missing the past 4 games because of an illness. We can't know whether he'll play his usual snap allotment, but Collins is worth the risk for most IDP owners. S Patrick Chung (foot) is also active after entering the day questionable. LB Dont'a Hightower is inactive, though, a week after suffering a knee injury in the loss at Denver. He practiced this week, so we'd bet on him returning for Week 14. But this is New England, so we'll see. Overall, the Patriots' team D makes for a high-upside fantasy play against Philly this week.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. It's not yet clear how much time Hightower might miss, but this injury typically costs players at least 2-3 games. New England has already gone without LB Jamie Collins for weeks because of an illness, but he might be approaching a return after entering last weekend "doubtful" (before being ruled out).

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is active for today's game against the Jets. He sat out Week 6 with a rib injury and still put in just limited practices this week. But Hightower will be OK to use in deeper IDP leagues.

The Patriots have deemed LB Dont'a Hightower questionable for the 2nd straight week with a rib injury that kept him out of the Week 6 win at Indy. Just like last week, Hightower put in limited practices all week. We'll see about his Sunday status. DE Jabaal Sheard, however, has been ruled out after missing practice all week. He suffered an ankle sprain against the Colts. The Pats will miss his pass rush.

The Patriots have ruled LB Dont'a Hightower out for Sunday night's game against the Colts because of his rib injury. Hightower had put in limited workouts all week but apparently isn't ready for game action. Jonathan Freeny and Jerod Mayo each saw extra playing time after Hightower left last week's game, but each remained a part-timer. Don't factor either into your IDP plans for Week 6. LB Jamie Collins only gains tackle upside with Hightower out.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Colts with a rib injury. He put in limited practices all week, which leads us to believe he'll play. The late kickoff, however, adds risk if you plan to use Hightower in your IDP lineup. New England regularly proves to be among the most unpredictable franchises in the league.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower left Sunday's win over the Cowboys in the 1st half with a rib injury and didn't return. We'll see this week how serious the issue is.


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