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Patriots LB Hightower out 6-7 months

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New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower reportedly will be out six to seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum.

Hightower had surgery Feb. 10, according to the Boston Globe.

The injury kept Hightower out in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers, but he returned to play the rest of the season — other than an insignificant Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills.

Hightower had 33 tackles and 1.5 sacks while playing with the injury, according to the Globe.

Hightower is the fourth Patriot to undergo surgery this offseason. Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer also had a torn labrum repaired, right guard Ryan Wendell underwent shoulder surgery as well, and defensive tackle Chris Jones had a torn calf muscle fixed.


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