Patriots linebacker Hightower to miss rest of season

Patriots linebacker Hightower to miss rest of season

Hightower was injured Sunday night while making a tackle in the third quarter of the Patriots' 23-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Just how severe the injury is has not been announced by the Patriots, but according to Howe's report there's a chance that Hightower could miss game action beyond Sunday.

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. Hightower made 13 starts last season, accounting for 65 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks and two passes defensed.

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As the week progresses, a clearer picture of the New England Patriots injury situation has come into focus at multiple levels of the defense. He knows the defense like the back of his hand, and to lose a guy like that is a huge blow for the team.

To bolster the roster depth, linebacker Trevor Reilly was promoted from the practice squad on Wednesday, and Kyle Van Noy will be the feature linebacker for the Patriots.

The most impressive part of the Patriots' two-decade stretch of dominance has been their ability to shed popular and productive players each season and still maintain a high level of performance. The 27-year-old Hightower remained in the contest for one more play before watching from the sideline. "It's a tough loss for us defensively, but it's something we'll have to overcome". He hasn't played a full season since 2013 and that was a major reason why he didn't get paid as much as he wanted as a free agent this past offseason. A bunch of guys have to step up and kind of try to fill that role - and in this case, a bunch of different roles.

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