Providence Journal "Next offseason, the Patriots could face a different kind of adversity. At the moment, 41 players on the team have contracts that will expire after the season. Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins — among the many defensive starters who could enter free agency — highlight the list. Retaining..." May 29
CSN New England "A fleet of Patriots have expiring contracts after this season but Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the two most prominent on that list. With the sport being the way it is – a nearly 100-percent casualty rate every season – it’s never comfortable for a player to enter a contract year..." May 26
ESPN "Last week when Pro Bowl rosters were announced, ESPN.com's NFL Nation put together a list of those who are on the cusp that look like good choices for a first-time berth in 2016. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower was the choice for the New England Patriots. On Thursday, Hightower met with reporters..." January 01
Dont'a Hightower is also week to week with a knee injury. He will be evaluated later this week per sources #Patriots
NESN "The New England Patriots have enough injuries to deal with on offense, but now they’ve reportedly taken a big hit on defense, too. Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower left late in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos with an apparent leg injury. And NFL..." November 30
Per source, Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is believed to have suffered an MCL sprain last night in Denver.
ESPN "New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower landed on the injury report this week for the first time in 2015 (shoulder), which sparked concern from some since he was coming off surgery on his right shoulder in the offseason. But in the most notable development from the team's final injury..." September 26
CSN New England "The Patriots had a few more days to figure out whether or not they would pick up linebacker Dont'a Hightower's fifth-year option, but according to Pro Football Talk, they've already decided. It comes as no surprise that the Patriots have opted to keep Hightower through 2016 -- a choice they had..." April 30
Boston Herald "We know football players are tough. Sometimes, they’re insanely tough. Consider Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who played the final month of the regular season and playoffs with a torn right labrum. As such, he played in pain, with just one fully functional arm through the most pivotal..." April 16
NFL.com "Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower's status is in question for the start of the 2015 season. Hightower is expected to be sidelined six to seven months following offseason surgery on his right shoulder, the Boston Globe reported on Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport originally..." March 26
Pats Pulpit "Linebacker Dont'a Hightower's recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder is expected to keep him out until August or September. Three weeks ago yesterday, New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower made a key tackle to set up the game winning interception by Malcolm..." February 23
With the Super Bowl over, the plan is for #Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower to have labrum surgery, I’m told. Played mostly with one arm.
CSN New England "Dont'a Hightower will not let another broken defensive cog change the way he plays. The loss of fellow linebacker Brandon Spikes, who hit IR Monday, is a burden the defense must bear collectively. It's a lesson Hightower learned the hard way. "Usually, whenever a guy tries to step up and be..." January 08
CSN New England "With subpar play this season, especially versus the Denver Broncos last week, the play of Dont’a Hightower is being called into the question. The second year player struggled against the Broncos, which have some thinking he may already be a bust. Gary Tanguay, Andy Gresh, and Ron Borges..." November 28
Boston Herald "On any given snap Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower could be a completely different player. The versatile 6-foot-3 270-pounder lines up at more spots than any linebacker on the roster. His most common position is on the strong side in the 4-3 setup but certain circumstances call for different..." July 29
NESN "It’s no coincidence that Bill Belichick and the Patriots have drafted linebackers who can cover, stop the run and blitz early two seasons in a row. In 2012, Dont’a Hightower was drafted No. 25 overall in the first round out of Alabama. He had experience playing inside linebacker, outside..." May 18