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|Oct. 22, 2017 7:43 PM PT8:43 PM MT9:43 PM CT10:43 PM ET2:43 GMT10:43 7:43 PM MST9:43 PM EST9:43 PM CT6:43 UAE (+1)22:43 ETNaN:� - Hightower will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, multiple outlets reported on Thursday.
Analysis: Hightower was injured late in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-7 victory over Atlanta after tackling Falcons running back Devonta Freeman. The 27-year-old Hightower remained in the contest for one more play before watching from the sideline. Signed to a four-year, $35.5 million contract in the offseason, Hightower has been credited with 14 tackles and two sacks in five games this season.
|Sep. 22, 2017 4:13 PM PT5:13 PM MT6:13 PM CT7:13 PM ET23:13 GMT7:13 4:13 PM MST6:13 PM EST6:13 PM CT3:13 UAE (+1)19:13 ETNaN:� - Hightower (knee) is questionable for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Hightower missed two games before returning last week against the Panthers and recording his first sack of the season.
|Sep. 7, 2017 8:37 PM PT9:37 PM MT10:37 PM CT11:37 PM ET3:37 GMT11:37 8:37 PM MST10:37 PM EST10:37 PM CT7:37 UAE (+1)23:37 ETNaN:� - Hightower (knee) has yet to practice this week and will not play Sunday against the Saints.
Analysis: This is a huge blow for the Pats, who are losing perhaps their best defensive player and also a strong fantasy option in IDP leagues. Hightower suffered a sprained MCL in the season opener.
|Aug. 22, 2017 10:44 AM PT11:44 AM MT12:44 PM CT1:44 PM ET17:44 GMT1:44 10:44 AM MST12:44 PM EST12:44 PM CT21:44 UAE13:44 ETNaN:� - The Patriots have activated Hightower from the physically unable to perform list.
Analysis: A defensive captain, Hightower had been nursing an undisclosed physical ailment that kept him off the field in voluntary spring practices. He had been wearing a brace over his right knee during the start of training camp. Hightower signed a four-year contract extension this offseason with a base value of $35.5 million and more than $17 million in guaranteed money.
|Mar. 15, 2017 10:39 AM PT11:39 AM MT12:39 PM CT1:39 PM ET17:39 GMT1:39 10:39 AM MST12:39 PM EST11:39 AM CT21:39 UAE13:39 ETNaN:� - Hightower agreed to a four-year, $43.5 million deal, his agent announced Wednesday. The contract also includes $19 million in guaranteed money, Hightower's agency, Sports Trust Advisors, posted on Twitter.
Analysis: Hightower was being coveted during free agency by multiple other teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, before the Patriots picked up the fifth-year option of the five-year contract he had signed as a rookie. The 27-year-old Hightower, who was named a captain for New England in 2016, made $7.751 million during his fifth NFL season.
|Mar. 14, 2017 3:19 PM PT4:19 PM MT5:19 PM CT6:19 PM ET22:19 GMT6:19 3:19 PM MST5:19 PM EST4:19 PM CT2:19 UAE (+1)18:19 ETNaN:� - Hightower met with the Steelers Tuesday on the latest stop of his free-agent tour, though he left the facility without a deal in place.
Analysis: Hightower visited the Jets on Monday, and the Patriots appear to still be in the mix to re-sign the versatile linebacker. The Steelers are looking for help at inside linebacker after veteran Lawrence Timmons signed with the Dolphins last week.
|Feb. 28, 2017 11:18 AM PT12:18 PM MT1:18 PM CT2:18 PM ET19:18 GMT3:18 12:18 PM MST2:18 PM EST1:18 PM CT23:18 UAE14:18 ETNaN:� - The Patriots won't use the franchise tag on Hightower, making the linebacker a free agent on March 9.
Analysis: The Super Bowl hero could still return to the Patriots but ESPN reported that Hightower is intent on testing the free-agent market. Hightower earned $7.751 in 2016 during his fifth NFL season. The franchise tag is expected to be worth approximately $14.7 million.
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