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Injury Update: Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower Believed to Have Suffered MCL Sprain

We've noted how the Patriots loss of Dont'a Hightower was the tipping point for the defense and how the run defense couldn't stop a nosebleed after he was out for the game.

It turns out that Hightower suffered a minor injury:

If this injury sounds familiar, it's what the initial reports were for running back Dion Lewis. Depending on the severity of the injury, Hightower could be sidelined for two to eight weeks. Since the linebacker returned to the field, it's likely that the sprain in towards the minor side of the spectrum and Hightower will only miss a couple weeks.

Fortunately for the Patriots, linebacker Jamie Collins should return to the rotation to prevent the duo of Jonathan Freeny and Jerod Mayo from being every-snap linebackers. Hopefully Hightower can rest and return at 100% in time for the playoffs, alongside every other important member of the Patriots.