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Rob Ninkovich | Defensive Lineman | #50

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 260
College: Purdue
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 5 (135) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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Retired DE Rob Ninkovich said he is "not closing the door" on returning to the Patriots.
Ninkovich announced his retirement at the start of training camp, but the Patriots are much thinner at defensive end now than they were then, with DE Derek Rivers (knee) on injured reserve and Kony Ealy with the Jets. Perhaps Ninkovich will be pried out of retirement closer to the playoffs for one more run. Thu, Sep 7, 2017 09:50:00 AM

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Rob Ninkovich announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.

The 33-year-old spent the final eight of his 11 NFL seasons in New England with Super Bowl wins in 2014 and 2016. Ninkovich was never a Pro Bowler but he was always right in the thick of things, finishing his career with 46 sacks, 14 fumble recoveries and five interceptions.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 08:18:00 AM

Patriots activated DE Rob Ninkovich from the reserve/suspended list.

Ninkovich was given a 4-6 week timetable for his triceps issue in early August. He wasn't listed on the Week 5 injury report and will make his 2016 debut against the Browns. Ninkovich's return will improve a New England pass rush that has seven sacks through four weeks.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 05:02:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (triceps) is "healthy enough" to play this week.

Ninkovich was dealing with a triceps injury before he was hit with a four-game suspension for violating the PED policy. He is close to full health now, however, and should be active against the Browns.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Patriots signed DE Rob Ninkovich to a one-year extension.

The deal comes with a $1.5 million signing bonus, but reduces his salary to $1M this year. New England is buying low with Ninkovich suspended the first four games. Ninkovich is now signed through 2017.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 10:31:00 AM

NFL suspended Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Ninkovich was already expected to miss at least the first two games of the season with a torn triceps. This gives the Patriots a way to not rush him back. The only problem now is that he can't be around the team the first four weeks and loses four game checks. Ninkovich's ban may have led to the Patriots trading for Barkevious Mingo last week. He'll help off the edge.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 02:14:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (triceps) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

This news is about as good as the Patriots could have hoped for after Ninkovich was hurt on Tuesday. By the sound of it, Ninkovich simply tore his triceps muscle, not the tendon, which would have required surgery and a likely trip to I.R. Ninkovich could be ready Week 1 at the earliest. At the very worst, he'll be back at some point in September and maybe miss just two games.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 10:22:00 PM

The Boston Herald reports Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (torn triceps) will be out "weeks not months."

Torn triceps are typically season-ending injuries, but it appears Ninkovich tore "just" the muscle and not his tendon. He doesn't need surgery. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss has reported "how much (Ninkovich's) loss of strength affects him is key." We'd consider Ninkovich extremely doubtful for Week 1, but perhaps he'll be back before the end of September.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 07:52:00 PM

Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich has been diagnosed with a torn triceps, and is out indefinitely.

Encouragingly, Ninkovich does not need surgery. Torn triceps are often season-enders, but's Ian Rapoport reports Ninkovich could return as early as October. That's an absolute best-case scenario, and probably unlikely. Ninkovich has started every game for the Patriots each of the past five seasons, playing 905 snaps in 2015. His loss creates opportunity for Shea McClellin and Chris Long.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 05:46:00 PM

Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich will undergo an MRI after being forced from Tuesday's practice with a triceps injury.

Yikes. It's quite possible it's purely precautionary, but an MRI indicates at least some level of concern. A tear would endanger, if not outright torpedo, Ninkovich's 2016. Ninkovich has appeared in all 16 games every year since 2010.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 01:24:00 PM

Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich is getting work at inside linebacker during minicamp.

"I’ve played multiple positions many times in my life," Ninkovich said. "Wherever I’m at, really, it’s just to help the team, do whatever I can and be multiple. I figure that’s one of the strengths of my game is being able to play different positions." With a lot of depth at end and a thin linebacker group, the Patriots are likely just cross training Ninkovich so he can fill in during an injury pinch. Ninkovich has 42 sacks in seven seasons with the Patriots.
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 10:06:00 AM

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.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 10:17:00 AM

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

Ninkovich is in the final season of a two-year, $4 million contract. 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.
Source: ESPN Boston
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 12:35:00 PM

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

Ninkovich was among the Patriots' most valuable 2012 defenders, leading the team with eight sacks and forcing five fumbles. Thanks to playing time and performance incentives, his 2013 base salary -- the final year of his contract -- has already jumped from $900,000 to $1.4 million. After the Patriots address free agency, Ninkovich could be in line to get a couple years tacked on. He'll turn 29 on Friday.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:09:00 AM

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.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 09:57:00 AM

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