Dont’a Hightower owns up to early struggles but expects improvement

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(USA Today)

FOXBOROUGH — Obviously, it's no secret to anyone who has watched the Patriots' defense the first two weeks that Dont'a Hightower has not been his usual impactful self. Actually, you could say that for most of training camp and the preseason as well.

But the good news for New England football fans is the linebacker told on Friday he's hopeful his play will rebound as he gets more healthy.

"That’s where I’m at," he said after practice. "It’s football. There are going to be ups and downs in the games just like everybody else, but I’ve just got to string my good days together and hope