DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
2 weeks 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.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
3 weeks 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.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
3 weeks 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.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
3 weeks 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.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
3 weeks 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.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
8 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.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
8 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.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
8 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.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
9 months ago

Ninkovich was on the field for 52 of the Patriots' 71 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the process, he recorded a season-high six tackles and 1.5 sacks. Ninkovich remains a key cog in the Patriots' defensive end rotation along with Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard, though his overall numbers (29 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 10 games to date) limits his fantasy utility to deeper formats.

DRob Ninkovich
DL NE (9)
12 months ago

Ninkovich was on the field for 69 of 73 defensive snaps in Thursday's season opener against the Steelers, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ninkovich recorded just four tackles Thursday, but as long as his snap count remains high, he'll remain on the IDP radar, on the heels of a 2014 season, in which he notched 62 tackles and eight sacks.