Patriots Have Left Dont’a Hightower’s Locker Vacant


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The New England Patriots seem to have made it clear that the door is still open for the return of legendary linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champion Dont’a Hightower.

Hightower hasn’t made his plans for the future known publicly, but the 32-year-old who has played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Patriots remains unsigned. A report from The Athletic’s Jeff Howe said the Patriots “would welcome [Hightower] back with open arms,” if he wanted to return.

Also, the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels tweeted a little detail he noticed as the media made their way back to the Patriots locker room following Thursday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants: