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Patriots' Dont'a Hightower to miss 2020 Pro Bowl with injury; Bills LB to replace him

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower to miss 2020 Pro Bowl with injury; Bills LB to replace him

Dont'a Hightower was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career this season, but the New England Patriots linebacker won't be participating in this year's matchup.

Hightower was ruled out of the 2020 Pro Bowl due to injury, and he's been replaced on the roster by Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.

Edmunds led the Bills with 115 tackles during the regular season, in addition to tallying 1.5 sacks and nine passes defensed. He is the second Bills player to be selected to the Pro Bowl, joining cornerback Tre'Davious White.

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Hightower was one of three Patriots player named to the Pro Bowl. Special teams ace Matthew Slater and All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore are the other two. 

The Pro Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. ET. 

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Antonio Brown tweets 'Antonio Brown curse' eliminated Patriots, others from playoffs

Antonio Brown tweets 'Antonio Brown curse' eliminated Patriots, others from playoffs

Antonio Brown just won't stop tweeting about the New England Patriots. He went after the Patriots in several social media posts after their loss to the Tennessee Titans saying that the Patriots should have kept him and that he'd only play with Tom Brady in 2020.

On Sunday afternoon, Brown continued to take digs at the Patriots, among others.

Brown took to Twitter after the New Orleans Saints lost to the Minnesota Vikings. His tweet claimed that the "Antonio Brown curse" knocked out the Saints, Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders from the postseason in the past week.

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For those keeping track, Brown is referencing these five teams as they all were tied to him at different points this offseason. The Steelers traded him, the Bills were going to trade for him but the deal fell apart, the Raiders traded for him and cut him, the Patriots signed him and cut him, and the Saints worked him out near the end of the regular season.

But Brown's presence with these teams wouldn't have had any impact on them winning or losing in the postseason. Brown would likely be suspended indefinitely if he was on any roster because of the sexual assault allegations he is facing, which surfaced shortly after he joined the Patriots.

So, the idea that these teams parting with Brown played a role in their early exits from the postseason race is laughable, as he wouldn't likely have an on-field impact with any team.

And generally speaking, being a part of a curse isn't a good thing, so why is Brown bragging about this? If he comes with a curse attached, it will be even harder for him to find a home in the NFL than it already is.

Patriots wins over past decade compared to division prove dominance

Patriots wins over past decade compared to division prove dominance

The New England Patriots are no match for their AFC East rivals. 

The Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills haven't been able to stop the Patriots over the past decade, and New England's regular-season wins record proves it.

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The Bill Belichick-led Patriots have won 113 regular-season games the past 10 years while their division rivals have paled in comparison. The Jets have won 67 games while the Dolphins have just two more wins with 69. The Bills have managed to win 71 games after a 10-win campaign so far this season. 

New England has seen many different quarterbacks pass through the AFC East as well, from current ones such as the Jets' Sam Darnold and Buffalo's Josh Allen to those who have come and gone such as Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins), Mark Sanchez (Jets), and Tyrod Taylor (Bills). 

None have been able to prove much against New England, except for their lack of talent when it comes to being compared to Tom Brady. 

New England's record and their 11 consecutive AFC East titles prove one thing -- complete dominance of the division.