SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
3 weeks ago

The Patriots have signed Ninkovich (suspension) to a one-year contract extension, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though he's suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season and concurrently nursing a triceps injury, the Patriots' brass still clearly considers Ninkovich a key piece of their defense for the foreseeable future. Previously set to hit the free agent market after at season's end, Ninkovich is now set to remain in New England through 2017.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
1 month ago1 Comment

Ninkovich (triceps) has been suspended for four games after testing positive for a banned substance, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran defensive end claimed to be devastated and shocked by the news that he tested positive, claiming to have never knowingly taken a banned substance. Though the suspension is hard financially and reputation-ally, it may be a positive for the Patriots. Ninkovich was looking at a late September return from his torn triceps at the earliest, and New England no longer has to keep him on the 53-man roster or rush his recovery for at least the first four weeks.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
2 months ago

Ninkovich, who tore his triceps on Aug. 9, was present at the start of Sunday's practice before moving on to the Patriots' lower field to do conditioning work, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Initial Boston Herald reports suggested that Ninkovich's return would be a matter of "weeks, not months." While it's unclear when the defensive end might be able to practice fully, his presence on the field Sunday, in any capacity, is a positive sign nonetheless.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
2 months ago

Ninkovich (triceps) could make his return to the field in September as opposed to October.

EDGE Analysis

Ninkovich suffered a triceps tear on Tuesday, but will not require surgery. It was originally reported he could miss months, but that has since been dialed down to weeks. While the season opener seems unrealistic, the team is optimistic he can return at some point in September.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
2 months ago

Ninkovich tore his triceps muscle, but not the tendon, at Tuesday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although a firm timetable has yet to emerge, Ninkovich won't require surgery, as the injury merely impacted his muscle. If his recovery proceeds smoothly, he could return to action by October, but in Ninkovich's absence, Shea McClellin, Chris Long, and Trey Flowers will receive extra snaps, according to CSN New England.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
2 months ago

Ninkovich suffered a torn triceps Tuesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ninkovich will miss time, presumably into the regular season, though at this stage how long remains to be seen. In his absence, CSN New England notes that Shea McClellin, Chris Long and Trey Flowers are candidates to see duty at left end opposite Jabaal Sheard, who mans the right side.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
2 months ago

Ninkovich left Tuesday's practice with an unspecified injury, the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the report, Ninkovich -- who left the field along with a team doctor -- was seen shaking his head at that time. The veteran, who recorded 52 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2015, is slated to serve as the Patriots' starting left defensive end this coming season.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
9 months ago

Ninkovich was on the field for 81.4 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this past season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

As an IDP, Ninkovich's value saw a bit of a dip in 2015, as he saw his tackle total drop to 52 and his sack tally fall to 6.5. Still, the 31-year-old was a key cog on the team's defensive line along with Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard, a role he'll capably reprise in 2016, the final year of his current deal with the Patriots.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
9 months ago

Ninkovich (shin) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

It remains to be seen it Ninkovich will be able to handle a full workload Sunday, but with both Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones ruled out this week, if Ninkovich is physically able, he could be a key cog in the team's Week 17 defense. The DE checks in with 47 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 15 games to date.

SUSRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
9 months ago

Ninkovich (shin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

Ninkovich missed practice Friday, so he's no lock to suit up Sunday, though if he does, he'd be a key cog in the Patriots' defense, with both Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones ruled out this week. Ninkovich heads into the weekend in with 47 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 15 games to date.