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Linebacker Dont’a Hightower has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Patriots’ 35-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday. It is the first time he has received the honor.

Hightower had a team-high 13 total tackles. His sack of of Andy Dalton in the third quarter resulted in a safety and helped turn the game in the Patriots’ favor.

It is the fifth time this season that a Patriots player has earned an NFL honor. Both kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen have been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in September.

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Running back LeGarrette Blount was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, and quarterback Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in his first game back from his suspension on Oct. 9.


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