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Dont'a Hightower, Julian Edelman out

Updated: October 14, 2012, 1:51 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

SEATTLE, Wash -- Rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower and fourth-year wide receiver Julian Edelman have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Hightower, who has been limited with a hamstring injury, will miss his second straight game. His top backup, Tracy White (foot), is also out, so the Patriots are thin on the strong side.

One possibility is defensive end Rob Ninkovich moving to that spot.

Hightower is a strong player against the run, which ...

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