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Rob Ninkovich appears to have avoided serious injury

New England Patriots' Ninkovich is helped off the field after being injured during their NFL football game against Miami Dolphins in Foxborough Reuters

The Patriots had a pretty successful day against the Dolphins on Sunday, shutting out the visitors from Florida 28-0 and getting tight end Rob Gronkowski some game action before the playoffs.

The only black mark on the day was a hip injury suffered by defensive end Rob Ninkovich in the second quarter. Ninkovich needed the help of trainers to leave the field and did not return to the game in the second half. In the hours after the game, there was some fear that the injury could impact his availability for the playoffs, but it seems like the Patriots have dodged that bullet.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that tests show that Ninkovich avoided significant damage to his hip and there’s “a good chance” that he will be in the lineup when the Patriots return to the field a week from Sunday. Per Howe, Ninkovich strained muscles in his hip and should be able to practice with the team next week although he hasn’t been ruled out for this week.

Ninkovich led the Patriots with eight sacks this season and he also forced five fumbles in his first season as a full time defensive end. Losing that production would not be a good thing for the New England defense, which makes this report a reassuring one for the AFC’s second seed.

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16 Responses to “Rob Ninkovich appears to have avoided serious injury”
  1. 8man says: Dec 31, 2012 6:58 PM

    Thanks Houston, for the week off. And to Indy too….

  2. pastabelly says: Dec 31, 2012 7:05 PM

    Ninky is pretty valuable. Good to see he’s okay.

  3. clarencewhorley says: Dec 31, 2012 7:18 PM

    Thank God, when they say hip I always think to how Rosevelt Colvin career was wrecked by that freak hip injury. If Rosy never got hurt the Pats probably have one or more rings.

  4. 617mrbean says: Dec 31, 2012 7:35 PM

    Thank you jesus

  5. pats1977 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:43 PM

    This guys is overrated. He’s the reason we don’t consistently pressure the QB because there’s no pressure coming from the left side. Most of his sacks are a result of the other defenders playing next to him. I want him to be replaced by either Cunningham, Francis or Scott in the post season.

  6. markwri says: Dec 31, 2012 7:45 PM

    You hear “hip injury” and the first athlete you think of is Colvin? Man how about Bo Jackson! As a Pats fan, I hope he’s able to play, he’s important to the “d” and I’m sick of these injuries in the last game ruining their chances for a Super Bowl.

  7. phoff12 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:30 PM

    One was a raider and one was a patriot. Since we are commenting on a Patriots story….…

  8. brazzz01 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:34 PM

    Dodged a bullet indeed.

    Good news.

  9. richwizl says: Dec 31, 2012 10:29 PM

    While it’s true that Francis, Scott and Cunningham are emerging as good players, I still hope Ninkovich gets well enough to contribute at his normal level; he has done a great job this year. Three more wins and we’re SB Champs again. I think the Pats are ready to play at their highest level, now, and no team can match them when they get clicking. Too early to warm up the duck boats, but make sure they’re ready to roll. Pats all the Way!

  10. backindasaddle says: Jan 1, 2013 1:09 AM

    BTW….hoping he recovers from this hip injury quickly so that he can be productive in the play offs.

  11. irrelevantvoiceofreason says: Jan 1, 2013 5:15 AM

    Glad this was not serious, I’ve thought all year ninkovich has been coming into his own, we are going to need his great instincts and ball dislodging skills, this guy has a great knack for not only getting pressure but forcing turnovers, he is the ultimate Belichick guy

  12. nicepak381 says: Jan 1, 2013 7:39 AM

    Good news, indeed; Ninkovich has played very well this year and has worked hard to earn this opportunity. He wants to play in the Super Bowl, baby. Pats All the Way!

  13. TheWizard says: Jan 1, 2013 8:38 AM

    Having his best year. Hopefully the 2 week layoff is enough to get it right, but I’m guessing he won’t be back to 100% until next season.

  14. CKL says: Jan 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    After TB walked off the field himself in 08, my entire mindset about “oh it’s not that serious if they can walk off” changed. Glad Nink will be ok.

  15. patsfan13 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:10 PM

    I have to disagree with Patsfan1977 wholeheartedly. No one plays harder or out hustles Nink.

  16. rc33 says: Jan 2, 2013 11:21 AM

    Ninkovich is a good player who’s gotten better every season in N.E. He’s versatile, competent and reliable; will set the edge, a surprisingly good pass rusher, a pretty effective player in space, etc.
    8 sacks and 5 FF on the season, his loss would’ve been a big blow to the Patriots.

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