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Dont’a Hightower Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

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October 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm ET

Dont’a Hightower Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week(PHOTO: Stew Milne - USA TODAY Sports)

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New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for week six following the teams 35-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

The award marks the first time in Hightower’s career he has received a weekly honor and the first Patriot on defense to do so since Chandler Jones during week two in 2014. Hightower had a monster game for the Patriots, recording 14 total tackles and 1.5 sacks, one of which resulted in a safety for the second consecutive week by the defense.

https://twitter.com/patriotsfanpage/status/788037221479686144

Hightower became the fifth Patriot to earn an AFC award in 2016, joining special teamer’s Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen, along with Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount, the latter a monthly honor.

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