Rob Ninkovich DL NE 2 Months

Ninkovich was on the field for 68-of-68 snaps on defense in Sunday's win over the Vikings, ESPN.com reports.

After seeing just 35-of-74 snaps in Week 1, Ninkovich saw full-time duty this past Sunday, while recording three tackles and a sack in the contest. As�long as his workload stabilizes in the coming weeks, Ninkovich should retain utility in IDP formats.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE 3 Months

Ninkovich was on the field for 35-of-74 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.

The report notes that Ninkovich -- who recorded four tackles in the contest -- played 95 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps in 2013, so his Sunday count is notable. Given his production (91 tackles and eight sacks) last season, IDP owners may want to wait and see if there was an injury in play here, or if his Week 1 usage was game-plan specific.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE 3 Months

Ninkovich is not listed on the Patriots' Week 1 injury report.

Ninkovich -- who notched a career-high 91 tackles, along with eight sacks and two forced fumbles in 16 starts for the Patriots in 2013 -- is thus healthy to start the season and in line to retain IDP relevance, while manning the team's starting left end slot.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Jul 03 '79

Patriots signed LE Rob Ninkovich to a three-year contract extension through 2016.

Ninkovich is one of the more underrated players in the league. He was in the final year of his contract before agreeing to the extension through his age-32 season. Ninkovich has yet to register a sack this season, but he recorded 18.5 of them from 2010-12. He also forced five fumbles last season.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Mar 25 '79

ESPN Boston considers DE Rob Ninkovich a candidate for a long-term extension.

Ninkovich is in the final season of a two-year, $4 million extension. The Patriots currently have $8.32 million cap space, so he could be signed to a multi-year deal before training camp. Ninkovich had five forced fumbles and led New England with eight sacks in 2012. Brandon Spikes and Ryan Wendell are also set to become free agents following the season

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Nov 09 '78

ESPN Boston believes DE Rob Ninkovich is a candidate for a contract extension this offseason.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Oct 21 '78

Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (hip) is expected to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Texans.

Ninkovich strained muscles in his hip during Week 17, but got a little work in last week and was a limited participant on Wednesday. Ninkovich led the Patriots with eight sacks this season.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Oct 14 '78

Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (hip) returned to practice on Thursday.

Ninkovich was lucky to escape serious injury in the regular-season finale. With a week and half to go before the Divisional Round playoff game, the Patriots should have their sack leader back in action.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Oct 12 '78

Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (hip) has "avoided a serious injury" and has a "good chance" to play when the Patriots open up their playoff schedule on January 13.

Ninkovich left Sunday's win over the Dolphins and never returned to the contest, so there was certainly a level of concern for the Patriots' sack master. Reportedly, he's just suffered some "strained muscles in his hip." Ninkovich set a new career-high with eight sacks this season. He'll have two weeks to rest up as the Patriots secured a first-round bye for the postseason.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Oct 11 '78

Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich never returned to the game after sustaining a hip injury in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Ninkovich has been New England's top pass rusher this season, leading the team with eight sacks and five forced fumbles. The Pats didn't miss him on Sunday, as they racked up seven sacks in the shutout, including three by undrafted rookie DE Justin Francis and one by Ninkovich's replacement, Trevor Scott. The Patriots have not updated Ninkovich's status.