LB Dont'a Hightower, CB Logan Ryan limited with shoulder injuries

The New England Patriots announced that cornerback Logan Ryan and linebacker Dont'a Hightower were limited in practice on Wednesday due to shoulder injuries.Both players were listed as limited participants on the Patriots' practice report, along with Dominique Easley. Their availability for Sunday's game has yet to be determined as the severity of their injuries have not been revealed...
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Thursday web roundup: New England Patriots

Patriots’ presence at The Greenbrier makes the New Orelans' day at camp ‘the best we’ve had so far’  The New England Patriots’ arrival on the Greenbrier practice fields Wednesday signaled the start of a new phase of training camp ... Deflategate judge seems to take the air out of the NFL argument NEW YORK – NFLPA lead counsel Jeffrey Kessler, commanding the attention...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Dont'a Hightower's shoulder rehab going well, right on track

The New England Patriots' season ended with a spectacular Super Bowl victory, but following the win, one of their star defenders was forced to have shoulder surgery. Dont'a Hightower played through the injury in the postseason, but had his shoulder surgically repaired in March.The timetable for his return was originally six to seven months, but he appears to be rehabbing well and...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Looks Like the Shoulder of New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is Doing Fine

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower suffered a torn labrum during Week 13 action last season. Some players would be knocked out of commission with such an injury, but he played on and was a big part of the team's success on defense in the post season. After having surgery in the off-season, word spread online that he may not be available to start the season due to recovery and...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

LB Dont'a Hightower eyes regular season opener

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower believe he's ahead of schedule in his recover from shoulder surgery; so much so that he's focused on playing in the regular season opener on Sept. 10th. "Honestly, I don't have a target date," he told ESPN. "I've seen doc, and everything is going great right now. I'm right on track ... it's something that's going to take time...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Tuesday web roundup: New England Patriots

New England Patriots' Dont'a Hightower making progress in injury New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower has revealed that he does ... 89 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble for the Patriots in the 2014 season ... Roger Goodell, Tom Brady and NFL disgrace: Editorial New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who is wrestling...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dont'a Hightower "feels great," return still unknown

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower figures to be an integral part of a defense that is looking for a new leader to emerge after defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and cornerback Darrelle Revis left in the offseason. While the players and fans wait for training camp to begin, Hightower may be waiting a little longer than normal to hit the practice field with his teammates...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Monday web roundup: New England Patriots

New England Patriots AFC East Offseason Analysis The New England Patriots have had a stranglehold on the AFC East for the past decade and a half. Since 2001, the Patriots have not finished first in the division ... Camp Battle #5: Linebacker Depth The Patriots top 3 linebackers are Jerod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower, and Jamie ... I do believe he is a future starter, whether it's...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Dont'a Hightower to be recognized by hometown, referenced in 'Orange Is the New Black'

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower has been in the spotlight ever since his time at the University of Alabama. The former first round pick has also been a key part of the Pats defense since being drafted in 2012 and after making some key plays during the Patriots Super Bowl run, he is being recognized by the masses. On July 4th, Hightower will be recognized by his...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots bring back LB Brandon Spikes

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots have re-signed free-agent linebacker Brandon Spikes to a one-year deal on Monday, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates. From @AdamSchefter & me: the Patriots have signed free agent LB Brandon Spikes to a 1-year deal. Spikes spent the 2014 season Buffalo. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 18, 2015 ...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Pick Up DE Chandler Jones’ Fifth-Year Option

Will Brinson of reports that the Patriots have exercised DE Chandler Jones‘ fifth-year option. The Patriots picked up LB Donta Hightower’s on option on Wednesday, so this really shouldn’t come as a major surprise. This move will cost the Patriots’ $7.799 million for the 2016 season. However, this figure is guaranteed for injury only and wouldn’t ...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Reloading The Musket - Part 5: Patriots Boast Best Linebacking Corps In NFL, Though Depth Is Lacking

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) and defensive end/outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich are tough run stoppersThe New England Patriots possess what may well be the best set of starting linebackers in the National Football League......which is all well and good, so long as one of them doesn't get injured, because their depth may very well be the most pedestrian list in the entire league...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Draft Prospects: Denzel Perryman

Over the past couple of weeks it seems that the linebacker position has become a significant need for the Patriots currently. The team hosted then free agent linebacker Rolando McClain for a visit last week, due to the news that Dont'a Hightower may not be ready to start the season. With McClain back in Dallas, and Hightower recovering from surgery the Patriots linebacker spot is...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich: ‘It’s time to hit the reset button’

New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich said winning the Super Bowl “was awesome,” but now it’s time to focus on 2015. Ninkovich spoke with Phil Perry of on what it’s like to go through an offseason as a defending champion. “I’ve always been really close, but it’s awesome to have been able to do that,” he said. “Now it’s time to hit the...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Rolando McClain visiting Patriots

Dallas Cowboys free agent linebacker Rolando McClain is visiting the New England Patriots on Monday, reports ESPN’s Todd Archer. The Cowboys have been in contact with McClain’s agent, Pat Dye, about having him return but have not been able to close a deal.  McClain McClain faces a four-game fine for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The Cowboys acquired McClain...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots LB Hightower expected to miss six to seven months

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is expected to be out six to seven after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, the Boston Globe reported Friday. Hightower, who played through the injury during New England's 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, had surgery Feb. 10. Hightower made the game-saving tackle on Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dont’a Hightower out 6-7 months after surgery

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is expected to be sidelined six to seven months following offseason surgery on his right shoulder, the Boston Globe reported on Thursday. Hightower, who underwent surgery on Feb. 10, played through the injury for the final stretch of the Patriots season.  He missed Week 5 and 6 due to a knee injury...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Patriots bring Brandon Spikes back?

Brandon Spikes is a free agent after completing his one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the New England Patriots after they selected him in the second-round of the 2010 draft.  Before departing last offseason, Spikes took a few shots at the Patriots, even saying he was a slave for four years. Now that he’s a free agent,...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dont'a Hightower expected to miss 6-7 months

Dont’a Hightower helped the New England Patriots win a Super Bowl title, but he might not be on the field when they begin their quest to defend it.   The Patriots linebacker is expected to miss six to seven months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum, a source told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe. Of course, half a year is a long period of time, so it’s entirely...
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower Needs Surgery To Repair Torn Labrum

It appears Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas weren’t the only players battling serious arm injuries in Super Bowl XLIX. New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday, citing a source. With the Super Bowl over, the plan is for #Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower...
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

14 Damned good SEC head coach pitches before National Signing Day

Dear SEC head coaches, We know here at the SEC Football Blog that it's a busy time for you, so we've put together some easy pitches that you should make when the recruits visit on the last weekend before National Signing Day. ALABAMA (Nick Saban) On Sunday you'll be watching the Super Bowl, and you'll be watching Dont'a Hightower, playing for the Patriots. I recruited him. He played...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Prelude To A Title - Part 3: Colts' Offense Custom-Built To Challenge Patriots' Defense

The best way to get to Colts' Andrew Luck is with "Hug" Blitzes, with Linebackers like Dont'a Hightower.The evolution of the tight end from the big lumbering end-of-the-line blocker into the even bigger, more athletic downfield threat has changed the way that defenses regard the position, and to what extent defensive coordinators game plan for specific threats.Today's tight ends...
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Regular Season Awards

Seeing how Patriots fans are on a bye week, I figured it is time to reflect on the regular season as we anxiously await to find out the opponent for the team's upcoming playoff game next weekend. That is why I decided to hand out my regular season awards. So without further a due, here are my Patriots regular season awards, both good and bad.Offensive Player of the year: Rob GronkowskiThis...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Pats' Hightower rooting for 2 top-seeded teams

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Dont'a Hightower has extra time to prepare for his top-seeded team's playoff game. Meanwhile, he'll be rooting for another No. 1 seed. The New England Patriots linebacker plans to watch his college team, Alabama, face Ohio State in a College Football Playoff semifinal Thursday night. ''I'm definitely going to catch that one,'' Hightower said Tuesday while...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots vs. Jets Week 16 Recap: Studs, Duds & What We Learned

Once again (for the second time this season), the Patriots-Jets game was much closer than it should've been, particularly when taking into account both teams' records. Nevertheless, the Patriots were able to pull off a 17-16 victory on the road and secure a first-round bye for the fifth consecutive season. Here are some of the studs and duds from Sunday's game:  STUDS 1. Jamie...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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