Patriots' concern running high with Hightower injury

Patriots' concern running high with Hightower injury

There is significant concern about the injury suffered by Dont'a Hightower on Sunday night. The Patriots linebacker/edge defender reportedly has a shoulder injury that will keep him out of the Sunday against the Chargers, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. 

But there’s fear that it could be more than just the shoulder for Hightower, who was hurt in the second half of the victory over the Falcons.


Hightower had Falcons running back Devonta Freeman squared up but when Freeman cut hard to his left, Hightower lunged to grab him with his right hand. Freeman ran violently through Hightower’s arm and Hightower immediately dropped his head to the turf in pain.

The play looked similar to the one on which former Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo tore his pectoral muscle back in 2013 against the Saints.

Howe reports that Hightower could miss more than just Sunday’s game. If it is a pectoral muscle, that would require surgery and could end Hightower’s season. In other words, root for just the shoulder.

It may not bode well that the Patriots promoted linebacker Trevor Reilly on Wednesday from their practice squad.

Hightower is one of the Patriots most important players. He missed the first two games with a sprained knee but restored a semblance of normalcy to a struggling Pats defense as he settled back in at linebacker after spending more time at defensive end.

Hightower, 27, signed a four-year, $43.5 million deal in March which had $17 million fully guaranteed. There was definite interest from other teams in Hightower, but there was also concern about his durability. Entering this season, he’d missed 13 games in five seasons.

Sunday in Foxboro will mark the third game Hightower will miss this season and there’s fear there may be several more than that.

Losing Hightower would be a huge blow to a Patriots defense, which struggled to get its feet under it before Sunday night.

Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, David Harris and Reilly are now the main linebackers. Outside linebacker Shea McClellin is on injured reserve but started practicing last week and could return after the Patriots’ bye week.

The trade deadline is next Tuesday. By then the Patriots will surely know if they need to be in the market for someone to step in for Hightower. There really is no replacing him.


Belichick remembers Glenn: 'A good person with good intentions'


Belichick remembers Glenn: 'A good person with good intentions'

Terry Glenn, the Patriots' top draft pick in 1996, died early Monday morning in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas. He was 43. 

Bill Belichick coached Glenn as an assistant with the Patriots during Glenn's rookie season. He was later Glenn's head coach in 2000 and 2001. Belichick traded Glenn to the Packers before the 2002 season after a tumultuous run in New England that involved legal trouble, injuries and clashes with the coaching staff.

During a conference call with reporters soon after the news of Glenn's death was published, Belichick remembered Glenn for his natural physical ability and "a good heart."

"I was pretty close with Terry," Belichick said, "and his rookie season was my first year here in '96, and so I had a lot of interaction with him and other people that were involved in his life and his upbringing separate from the Patriots. Terry's a very smart individual. Had a lot of, obviously, a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. And I think he was deep down inside a good person with good intentions and, you know, a good heart. Obviously it's very unfortunate. Very unfortunate passing. I mean, it's a sad day. Sad news."

According to reports, Glenn was with his fiancee at the time of the accident. She's being treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries.

Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death


Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

Drew Bledsoe was among the ex-Patriots taking to Twitter to react to Terry Glenn's untimely death on Monday.

Glenn died Monday morning after being involved in a car crash in Texas. The former Patriots wide receiver was 43.

Bledsoe reacted to Glenn's death with a series of tweets speaking highly of who he referred to as favorite receiver:


Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Scott Zolak shared their sentiments as well.