• by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Patriots list lengthy injury report for final regular season game

    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).

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Patriots list 12 players as questionable in Week 16 injury report

    The Patriots listed the following players as questionable for Week 16's game at the New York Jets: Danny Aiken (finger), Kyle Arrington (hamstring), LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), Dan Connolly (knee), Julian Edelman (concussion), Cameron Fleming (ankle), Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), Chandler Jones (hip), Brandon LaFell (shoulder), Rob Ninkovich (heel), Shane Vereen (ankle) and Chris White (ankle). Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player listed as probable. The Patriots did not have any players listed as out or doubtful. The Patriots are 10 1/2-point favorites over the Jets.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Patriots list nine questionable for Sunday against the Dolphins

    Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a knee injury. The Boston Herald reported earlier in the day the team is considering placing Easley on injured-reserve to have him healthy in 2015. The Patriots also listed nine players as questionable for Sunday including: Dont'a Hightower, Cameron Fleming, Brandon LaFell Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Chris White , Julian Edelman, Dan Connolly and Shane Vereen.

  • by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Patriots standouts don't stand out

    Patriots defensive linemen Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, who are normally among their top performers defensively, didn't do much statistically Week 3 against Oakland. Jones had two tackles, including one solo, and Ninkovich had six tackles, including two solo. Ninkovich's six tackles were actually a season high, but he still has only one sack this season. Jones has two.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Patriots pass rush fails to show up in opening loss

    The Patriots had little success getting after the quarterback in Week 1 against the Dolphins, as Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones combined for no sacks in the 33-20 loss Sunday. Jones had four solo tackles in the game, while Ninkovich had five. Neither player recorded a quarterback hit in the game, as the team's pass rush was basically nonexistent.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Rob Ninkovich to benefit from improved secondary

    Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, who had eight sacks last season, could have a bigger year thanks to the additions of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. If the secondary covers receivers longer, Ninkovich can get to the quarterback more often. "I'm happy to have some of the new guys coming in, and we've got the best corner in the league coming in, so that's always a good thing for a defensive end like myself," Ninkovich told the Boston Herald. "Just give me a little more time, I'll be happy to use that."

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Rob Ninkovich helps defensive charge in Sunday win

    Defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich was the most well-rounded Patriots player statistically in the defeat of Buffalo on Sunday. Ninkovich recorded five tackles and one of his team's four sacks. He also led the unit with two TFLs and added a quarterback hit.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Rob Ninkovich gets thumbs-up for Week 17 game

    Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich is set for action Sunday against the visiting Bills. He had been listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Patriots list 11 as questionable for Sunday game

    Eleven Patriots have been deemed questionable for Sunday against the Bills, including rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip). The other offensive players so designated are running back Shane Vereen (groin) and linemen Nate Solder (concussion) and Will Svitek (ankle). The defensive questionables are secondary mates Steve Gregory (finger/knee), Kyle Arrington (groin) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee/shoulder), linebackers Dane Fletcher (groin) and Brandon Spikes (knee) and lineman Rob Ninkovich (ankle).

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Rob Ninkovich plays role of defensive star Sunday for Patriots

    Patriots defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich did a little big of everything in helping his team beat Cleveland on Sunday. Ninkovich tied for second on his unit with seven tackles, registered its only sack, added two TFLs and had two quarterback hits.