Report: Dont’a Hightower suffered sprained MCL

AP

Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury commanded the lion’s share of the attention coming out of Sunday night’s Patriots loss, but he wasn’t the only key member of the team to leave the contest with an injury.

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower also departed early with a knee injury. Like Gronkowski, Hightower appears to have avoided a severe injury but may join the tight end on the sideline in the near future.

Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Hightower suffered a sprained MCL. There’s no timetable given for how long he might be out, although such injuries typically keep a player out for at least a little while.

Before Hightower went out on Sunday night, Denver had 43 yards on 15 carries. Ronnie Hillman scored on a 19-yard run a couple of plays after he left the game and the Broncos would go on to put up 136 yards on 17 carries overall with Hightower out of the game. The Patriots were missing Jamie Collins at linebacker as well and it’s probably not a coincidence that the Broncos were able to run so well with those two missing from the lineup.

24 responses to “Report: Dont’a Hightower suffered sprained MCL

  1. I see where Vonn Miller did his best to take out Brady with a hit to the head. Why not, its only a 15 yard penalty and look what you gain. A Victory.
    I mean there is not throwing a guy out of the game, and then supspending him for the next game too like the colleges. Hell no, Vonn sells tickets.

  2. I was watching and felt like the Pats were going to win when it first went to OT, but I was thinking it was a Pyrrhic victory at best, for whichever side won. Absolutely brutal game

  3. .
    Murphy’s Law : The Patriots had almost no injuries when they had their week 4 bye week. Since then they’ve been snakebit.
    .

  4. What do you mean Broncos fans have been telling us all day that injuries don’t matter and everyone is screwed by the refs.

    You mean great players have a huge affect on the game?

  5. Hightower is extremely important in setting the edge against sweeps. Most of Denver’s running success was on runs around the edge after he left the field. Ninkovich can’t be everywhere and Mayo is not the force he used to be.

  6. “Patriots looked old and brittle?”

    I recall last year, the same thoughts, “pats are done”, and so on.

    Well, haters should brace themselves because these players are going to return with a vengeance before the playoffs, which are all but assured for the Patriots.

    I had a feeling that going on the road, short handed, on a short week to the (depending on which stat) best defense in the NFL might more( likely than not) result in their first loss and it did. A dissappointment though not really a surprise.

    I wonder what those ball PSI’s were?… perhaps the league is happy to field a lot of drama about the refs in order to distract fans from that little tidbit…

  7. Put them all (injured Patriots) on the shelf and get ready for the playoffs. We want these guys full strengths for the drive for five.

  8. Ware was out for Denver, Ward and Williams got injured early. Three guys who all contribute to generating pressure on the pass rush. So should you say it probably wasn’t a coincidence then that Brady was able to have a decent game passing?

  9. Old and brittle – it was Harper that dropped the ball that led to the Broncos touchdown — he turns 22 next week. Old and brittle doesn’t cut it. Look, they lost – Broncos won. Kudos, but to stay writing off a 10-1 team on one freakish game doesn’t make sense

  10. trollaikman8 says:
    Nov 30, 2015 4:32 PM

    Dare we say the Patriots looked old and brittle?
    They peaked too early. It’s over.
    ================================

    That’s pretty funny, since they have the 2nd youngest roster in the league. They were missing Edelman, Amendola, Dion Lewis, Gronk for the 4th Quarter, and both Hightower and Collins on defense. All of those guys outside of Lewis will be back before the playoffs. Be afraid, toll, be very afraid. They will ROLL through the playoffs and SB 50.

  11. Let’s see, it took having the Patriots on a short week, losing 4 major offensive weapons (including Gronk), and a bunch of blind refs for the Pats to lose in OT. The rest of the playoff teams had better hope for such a “perfect storm”.

  12. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says:
    Nov 30, 2015 5:13 PM
    Let’s see, it took having the Patriots on a short week, losing 4 major offensive weapons (including Gronk), and a bunch of blind refs for the Pats to lose in OT. The rest of the playoff teams had better hope for such a “perfect storm”.
    ______________________________________

    At least we know the Refs will do their part.

  13. I hate to say it, but Mayo just can’t get the job done anymore

    He was never a coverage guy, but I expected more from him against the run this year. Not sure if he’s done or just not right from the recent injuries.

    Sending him on those delayed blitzes……..only working if the QB holds the ball for 5 seconds.

  14. The Pats just have to make sure they don’t lose out home field advantage to the Broncos as the table has been set on how that game will be ref’ed. It was good to see Mike Wilbon declare that 4th quarter last night for what it was.

  15. Patriots lose their first game in week 11 to a solid team on the road, now naysayers come out of the woodwork to say they’re done. They have reserves coming. With all hands on deck, I’ll take the the Pats no matter the circumstances.

  16. Pats are starting to look and brittle because of officiating.

    The officials used to take it easy on older quarterbacks but they seem obsessed with making TB look noodle armed and slow.

    If TB even mentions that the officials don’t know the rules they call him a crybaby.

    The officiating needs to be cleaned up for the integrity of the game. The better team lost this game

  17. Hightower will be back in time for the playoffs. So will Edelman. And Gronk. Amendola will be back even sooner. As will Collins. The Pats are going to look very different in the postseason. Looks tough now. But the near future is pretty bright.

  18. The Broncos showed they could overcome the loss of six starters to injury, three of whom left before halftime.

    It works both ways people.

  19. The Broncos showed they could overcome the loss of six starters to injury, three of whom left before halftime.

    It works both ways people.
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    No one cares about your offensive linemen. You run a zone blocking scheme. That will eventually destroy your linemen when they roll up on each other’s legs. And Ware and Ward suck.

    Nah… None of those guys are as impactful as Edelman or Amendola. They would have played the muffed punt properly, to say nothing of how tough it is to cover little quick guys on a slick field. Edelman and Welker always have great snowgames because the slippery surface hampers the ability of the DB to stick with them on arrow, jerk, or choice routes.

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