Patriots expected to get Dont’a Hightower back this week

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The Patriots are last in the league in defense, but they have a much better chance of changing that this weekend.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, linebacker Dont’a Hightower is expected to play Sunday against the Panthers.

Hightower sprained his knee in the season-opening loss to the Chiefs, and the Patriots have given up some big numbers without him.

Hightower, who sprained his knee in the season opener, is in the game plan for the Patriots’ game against the Panthers on Sunday, according to a source. He is expected to return to the lineup barring an unforeseen setback.

The Patriots don’t have the kind of front-seven depth they’ve had in the past, and Hightower could come back to fill a few roles. The most natural fit is in the middle and calling defensive signals, but also worked as an edge rusher in training camp and could go there as well.

The Patriots are last in the league in yards allowed, points allowed and passing yards allowed.

14 responses to “Patriots expected to get Dont’a Hightower back this week

  1. They’re going to need more than Hightower to fix that defense. Hope Matty P steps it up this week. Fortunately, they’re just playing the Panthers.

  2. Hightower and McCourty are the 2 leaders of the defense at this point. Without Hightower in the front 7 they are definitely less effective.

    With him back on the field it should be a huge help to the several new players as to where they are in each alignment. We should see a lot less of players being out of position and not in their lanes with Hightower calling the shots.

  3. In the middle calling the D? Well, surprisingly (to me) in his last 5 games last season, he spent over half his snaps (81 of 157) deployed as an edge rusher! My guess is IF he’s fit/mobile enough he’ll be moved around to confuse and not so much pass-rush as Cam-rush to contain the QB. But coming back from a knee, I’d have thought him more likely to sit in the middle as caller, with a stout brace on that knee.

  4. daddeeo says:
    September 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    Div. II college D so far. Guess you can’t trade away all of your star players after all!

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    I think you are living in past years. Who did they trade away since they had the top scoring and Super Bowl winning defense last year? They lost Ninkovich to retirement, Logan Ryan and Jabal Sheard. Not exactly star players. The players they added are all better. They will get it together.

  5. More importantly are the refs going to call pass interference on Carolina , or continue to ignore Gronk getting mugged? Just wondering.

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    A dash of the old persecution complex to begin the conversation….how rare.

    Gronk pushes off more than any TE in the last ten years….stop whining snowflake.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm
    More importantly are the refs going to call pass interference on Carolina , or continue to ignore Gronk getting mugged? Just wondering.

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    A dash of the old persecution complex to begin the conversation….how rare.

    Gronk pushes off more than any TE in the last ten years….stop whining snowflake.

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    yes, gronk is not mauled, held, grabbed, etc off the line or anything like that

    lol

  7. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    A dash of the old persecution complex to begin the conversation….how rare.
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    No more rare than your infantile attempts to tweak Pats fans. Here’s your cookie, just remember to put in the dentures before taking a bite.

  8. No more rare than your infantile attempts to tweak Pats fans. Here’s your cookie, just remember to put in the dentures before taking a bite.

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    Snowflake I wear dentures because of injuries suffered serving my country in Vietnam Nam……

    Very sensitive to view points different than your own….grow up Little Sheldon.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm
    I wear dentures because of injuries suffered serving my country in Vietnam Nam……

    Very sensitive to view points different than your own….grow up Little Sheldon.
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    Look at you rising to the bait. Isn’t that how you like to put it? How do you reconcile your fake tough guy & equally false service claims to your infantile behavior here? Because I have to tell you, I’ve seen the elephant, 2-506th (Op Texas Star, A Sau Valley), no one who has would behave the way you do. FWIW I am only 7 years younger than you claim to be,so thanks for the young part of your comment even though my name isn’t Sheldon.

  10. Div. II college D so far. Guess you can’t trade away all of your star players after all!
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    That Div II defense led the league and won the Bowl without your so-called “stars”. They’ll contend again this year – JUST LIKE ALWAYS.

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