Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who missed the past two games with a sprained knee ligament, is expected to play Sunday against the Panthers in Foxboro, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Howe reported that Hightower is in the Patriots' "game plan" and will play "barring an unforeseen setback." He was listed as questionable on the injury report released Friday.
Hightower had missed the victories over the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans the past two weeks after he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
His return should boost a defense that has allowed an average of 461 yards per game, and 31.7 points per game, both ranking last in the NFL.
Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.
The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.
Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.
An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.
Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.
The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.
Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.