Ninkovich was on the field for 81.4 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this past season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. 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.
Ninkovich (shin) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. 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.
Ninkovich (shin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. 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.
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. 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.
The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable. The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).