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Report: Patriots place Dont'a Hightower on injured reserve

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Report: Patriots place Dont'a Hightower on injured reserve

FOXBORO — In a move that only confirmed what had already been known, the Patriots have officially ended Dont’a Hightower’s season by placing him on injured reserve. ESPN's Field Yates reported the news Tuesday. 

Hightower, who was reported as out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle after Week 8, was limited by injury to just five games this season. This is the first season of a four-year, $35.5 million contract Hightower signed with the Pats in the offseason after testing free agency. 

The 25th pick of the 2012 draft, Hightower has missed time due to injury in all but one of his six NFL seasons. He’s missed at least three games in each of the last four seasons.

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.

Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."

Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:

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Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.

Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.

Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."

The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.

No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England. 

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