Patriots, Rob Ninkovich agree to contract extension through 2016

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The Patriots will reportedly extend the contract of one of their defensive starters.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, the Patriots have reached a contract extension with starting left defensive end Rob Ninkovich that will run through the 2016 season.

Ninkovich, 29, has started 35 consecutive regular-season games for New England dating back to 2010. He has notched 14 tackles in the first two games of 2013.

An eighth-year pro from Purdue, Ninkovich has notched 237 tackles and 19.5 sacks in regular-season play.