Ninkovich finished the 2016 regular season with 32 tackles and four sacks over the course of 12 games.
Ninkovich, who is set to play in his third Super Bowl on Sunday, missed four games to start the 2016 season after testing positive for a banned substance. Upon his return, the versatile defender re-established a degree of IDP utility in deeper formats and the 33-year-old is slated to stay in the mix in 2017, as Ninkovich is under contract with the Patriots next season.
Ninkovich was on the field for 46 of 68 defensive snaps in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Bengals, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
After seeing 24 snaps in Week 5, Ninkovich saw an increase in playing time in his second game back from a four-game suspension, recording four tackles in the process. Ninkovich is an option in deeper IDP formats, based on the assumption that he'll remain a key cog in the Patriots' D-line rotation going forward.
Ninkovich was on the field for 24 of the Patriots' 63 snaps on defense in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Browns, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
In his first game back after serving a four-game suspension, Ninkovich saw most of his work in the Patriots' base defense, while coming off the field in passing situations. While it's not surprising to see him eased him back into the rotation following his suspension and a triceps injury, Ninkovich -- who logged just one tackle Sunday -- should see added snaps in the coming weeks, and when that happens he should re-emerge on the IDP radar.
The Patriots officially activated Ninkovich from the suspended list in advance of Sunday's game against the Browns, the Boston Herald reports.
The same applies to QB Tom Brady, with the team having created room for the moves by releasing TE Clay Harbor and placing QB Jacoby Brissett on IR earlier this week. While it's possible that he may be eased back into the team's D-line rotation this week -- along Jabaal Sheard, Chris Long and Trey Flowers -- once Ninkovich's workload is re-established, he's of interest in IDP formats.
Ninkovich has returned to practice after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, the Boston Herald reports.
With Ninkovich evidently past his triceps injury, look for him to return to the Patriots' defensive line mix Sunday against the Browns. Meanwhile, the report suggests that it seems likely that in his anticipated return to action in Week 5, Ninkovich figures to profile "as a rotational asset" along with fellow DE's Jabaal Sheard, Chris Long and Trey Flowers.
Ninkovich, who had been dealing with a triceps injury and is eligible to return from suspension this week, is reportedly healthy enough to play, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Once Ninkovich is officially reinstated, the injury watch will be on for him this week, as Sunday's game against the Browns approaches. Assuming he trends toward suiting up this weekend, Ninkovich is of some interest to those in IDP formats, given that he recorded 52 tackles and 6.5 sacks while starting at defensive end for the Patriots last season.
The Patriots have signed Ninkovich (suspension) to a one-year contract extension, NFL.com reports.
Though he's suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season and concurrently nursing a triceps injury, Ninkovich clearly is still considered by the Patriots' brass to be a key piece of their defense for the foreseeable future. Previously set to hit the free agent market at season's end, Ninkovich will now remain in New England through 2017.
Ninkovich (triceps) has been suspended for four games after testing positive for a banned substance, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.
The veteran defensive end claimed to be devastated and shocked by the news that he tested positive, claiming to have never knowingly taken a banned substance. Though the suspension is hard financially and reputation-ally, it may be a positive for the Patriots. Ninkovich was looking at a late September return from his torn triceps at the earliest, and New England no longer has to keep him on the 53-man roster or rush his recovery for at least the first four weeks.
Ninkovich, who tore his triceps on Aug. 9, was present at the start of Sunday's practice before moving on to the Patriots' lower field to do conditioning work, ESPN.com reports.
Initial Boston Herald reports suggested that Ninkovich's return would be a matter of "weeks, not months." While it's unclear when the defensive end might be able to practice fully, his presence on the field Sunday, in any capacity, is a positive sign nonetheless.
Ninkovich (triceps) could return to the field in September as opposed to October.
Ninkovich suffered a triceps tear Tuesday, but will not require surgery. It was originally reported he could miss months, but that has since been dialed down to weeks. While Ninkovich playing in the season opener is unrealistic, the team is optimistic he can return at some point in September.
Ninkovich tore his triceps muscle, but not the tendon, at Tuesday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Although a firm timetable has yet to emerge, Ninkovich won't require surgery, as the injury merely impacted his muscle. If his recovery proceeds smoothly, he could return to action by October, but in Ninkovich's absence, Shea McClellin, Chris Long, and Trey Flowers will receive extra snaps, according to CSN New England.
Ninkovich suffered a torn triceps Tuesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Ninkovich will miss time, presumably into the regular season, though at this stage how long remains to be seen. In his absence, CSN New England notes that Shea McClellin, Chris Long and Trey Flowers are candidates to see duty at left end opposite Jabaal Sheard, who mans the right side.
Ninkovich left Tuesday's practice with a triceps injury, the Boston Herald reports. He has an MRI on tap.
Ninkovich -- who left the field along with a team doctor -- was seen shaking his head at that time. The veteran, who recorded 52 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2015, is slated to serve as the Patriots' starting left defensive end this season.
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).
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.
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.