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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.