Rob Ninkovich DL NE 11 Months

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 Jun 14 '13

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 Jan 29 '13

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

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Jan 10 '13

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 Jan 03 '13

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 Dec 31 '12

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 Dec 31 '12

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.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Jun 03 '12

Patriots OLB Rob Ninkovich has been working with the defensive line in OTAs.

Ninkovich was one of the league's more effective outside linebackers last season, so it could be a sign the Patriots are planning to go with more four-man fronts in 2012. A fifth-round pick in 2006, Ninkovich has seen snaps at end before. Wherever he plays, he'll do so coming off a 74-tackle, 6.5 sack campaign.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Sep 16 '11

The Patriots reportedly agreed to a two-year, $4 million extension with OLB Rob Ninkovich before the season opener.

Ninkovich receives a $2 million signing bonus and $900,000 base salaries in 2012 and 2013 on top of his $650,000 salary for 2011. Formerly a special teamer, Ninkovich was in the starting lineup for the season opener after starting 10 of 16 games with 61 tackles and four sacks last season.

Rob Ninkovich DL NE Jul 25 '11

Beat writer Mike Reiss projects Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham as the Patriots' starting outside linebackers.

Ninkovich had 61 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions a year ago while playing on early downs. He figures to have the same role this season, with the Patriots likely to go after a pass rusher in free agency as well. Both Matt Roth and Mathias Kiwanuka have been mentioned as possibilities in New England.