Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Devin McCourty: Dont'a Hightower a "tough loss"

Pats LB Dont'a Hightower out for season with torn pec Patriots Linebacker Dont'a Hightower out for season, reports say
Elias Hubbard | 27 October, 2017, 01:01

The New England Patriots will reportedly be down a linebacker for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, as Dont'a Hightower is expected to sit out with a shoulder injury according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Hightower owns 386 tackles and 19.0 sacks in his career since being selected by New England with the 25th overall pick of the 2012 draft out of Alabama.

"With anybody on the team, it's like, man, you never want those things to happen", Roberts said.

Hightower, who signed a four-year, $35m contract this offseason, was an integral part of New England's Super Bowl-winning squad last season and was voted to the Pro Bowl and a second-team All-Pro.

Brown has been the team's top defensive tackle in terms of playing time (59 percent) and has been credited with 24 tackles and one sack. If he does indeed miss Sunday's game, Hightower would likely be replaced at middle linebacker David Harris.

"That's bad news for a guy like Hightower to go down with that injury and to be out for the year (with) what he means to this defense", linebacker David Harris said. Harris, who has played just 26 defensive snaps all season, could see his role grow considerably with Hightower sidelined.

Hightower left the game against the Falcons in the 3rd quarter and he did not return. Hightower missed a couple of games earlier this season, so they've had some experience without him in the lineup to draw on as they come up with a new plan on defense. "It's a tough loss for us defensively, but it's something we'll have to overcome".

Will he be able to get creative enough to fix the Patriots' defensive issues without his most dependable defensive player?

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