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Draft Scout *Dont''a Hightower News
11/08/17 - LB Dont'a Hightower (pectoral) was finally placed on injured reserve Nov. 7, two weeks after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair the torn muscle suffered in the Oct 22 win over the Falcons.
11/06/17 - LB Dont'a Hightower (pectoral) curiously remains on the 53-man roster despite undergoing surgery to repair the torn muscle, a procedure expected to sideline the Pro Bowler until 2018.
10/30/17 - LB Dont'a Hightower (pectoral) missed his third game of the season after undergoing surgery midweek to repair the torn muscle. Though he currently remains on the active roster, the Pro-Bowl captain is expected to miss the rest of the season.
10/26/17 - LB Dont'a Hightower will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, an injury that was suffered in the third quarter of last Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Pro Bowler reportedly had surgery on Thursday to repair the injury and is expected to make a full recovery for 2018.
This is a huge loss for a New England defense that's struggled early in 2017. One player called Hightower the team's best defender while lamenting the loss and others used the word "special" to describe the linebacker both as a playmaker and a leader in the locker room as a team captain.
"He knows the defense like the back of his hand. To lose a guy like that is a huge blow for the team," linebacker David Harris said. "But as a linebacker group, we have to step up and try to fill his place, which is going to be tough to do.
"It's a huge loss."
10/25/17 - LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) did not practice after failing to finish the third quarter against Atlanta. Though he remained on the sideline, the Pro Bowler did not return to the field.
Hightower has a history of shoulder and knee issues, missing time earlier this season due to a knee injury.