New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots reacts after losing to the Miami Dolphins 17-16 at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots’ injury report listed seven players Wednesday, but linebacker Dont’a Hightower was not one of them.

Hightower didn’t play the Patriots’ final three defensive plays in a 17-16 loss to the Dolphins Sunday, after appearing to favor his left leg on the play prior to leaving the field (see the play via MassLive’s Chris Mason). But it looks like Hightower has avoided anything serious, because he was present at practice Wednesday and did not appear on the first injury report of Week 2 ahead of Sunday’s road tilt at the New York Jets.

Who did appear on the Patriots’ injury report? Right tackle Trent Brown is a new addition after leaving Sunday’s loss in the first quarter with what’s reported as a “minor” calf injury. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy is listed with a throat injury. Both Brown and Van Noy were non-participants. Safety Kyle Dugger was the third new name on the injury report with a wrist, but was listed as a full participant.

Four players remain from last week. Tackle Yodny Cajuste was limited as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor and defensive back Jalen Mills were both listed with ankle injuries for the second week in a row, but both participated in full. Rookie linebacker Ronnie Perkins continues to be limited with a shoulder.

Here’s the complete Patriots injury report:

Did Not Participate
T Trent Brown, Calf
LB Kyle Van Noy, Throat

Limited Participation
T Yodny Cajuste (Hamstring)
LB Ronnie Perkins (Shoulder)

Full Participation
WR Nelson Agholor (Ankle)
DB Kyle Dugger (Wrist)
DB Jalen Mills (Ankle)

Next injury report comes out Thursday.

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