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Rob Ninkovich

Rob Ninkovich - #50 - DE

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 2"/ 260 lbs.
Birthday 02/01/1984
Birthplace New Lenox, IL
College Purdue
Years played 8
Drafted 2006, 5th round, 2nd pick by Saints


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Once dismissed, Patriots' defenders making statement

Posted Feb. 01, 2012 @ 6:40 p.m. ET
A sizable number of important Patriots defenders were released by other teams before finding success in New England.

Tebow stayed in vs. Patriots despite serious injuries

Posted Jan. 18, 2012 @ 10:57 a.m. ET
Broncos QB Tim Tebow played hurt on Saturday night, but apparently will make a full recovery from his injuries, without requiring surgery.

Ninkovich: Patriots' defense needs better starts

Posted Dec. 22, 2011 @ 7:16 p.m. ET
Heading into the playoffs, getting off to better starts as to not put so much pressure on Tom Brady early on will be a big focus of the Patriots' defense.

Five questions with Patriots OLB Rob Ninkovich

Posted Dec. 22, 2011 @ 6:11 p.m. ET
For this week's "Five questions with..." PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain spoke with Patriots OLB Rob Ninkovich about the team's defense and what needs to improve.

Pats' pass rush remains a problem

Posted Sept. 26, 2011 @ 7:46 p.m. ET
The Patriots have had no problem putting up points, but when the defense needed to make stops on Sunday because of Tom Brady's interceptions, they couldn't get the job done.

Two year extension for Patriots LB Ninkovich

Posted Sept. 16, 2011 @ 5:52 p.m. ET
The Patriots have agreed to a two-year contract extension with OLB Rob Ninkovich, keeping him off the free agent market following the season.

Patriots content with edge rushers heading into free agency

Posted July 01, 2011 @ 12:43 p.m. ET
In addition to Jermaine Cunningham, who will be counted on to step up in his second season, DE-OLB Eric Moore could be one of the reasons the Patriots can feel comfortable standing pat during free agency.

Patriots positional analysis: Linebackers

Posted March 02, 2011 @ 10:30 a.m. ET
This is the seventh in a series of position-by-position looks at the Patriots' personnel entering the 2011 offseason. Today, we analyze New England's LB situation.

Patriots' Ninkovich not certain starter in '11

Posted Jan. 15, 2011 @ 10:24 p.m. ET
Although he's been impressive in his first year as a starter, New England OLB Rob Ninkovich isn't certain to have a starting job next season.

They said it: Patriots Wednesday edition

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 2:57 p.m. ET
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, QB Tom Brady and other players spoke to the media on Wednesday before the team's bye week for the wild-card round of the playoffs. All quotes are from transcripts provided by the Patriots.

Patriots players of the week

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 7:24 p.m. ET
Julian Edelman's punt-return touchdown was the play of the game for the Patriots and garnered him special-teams player of the game honors.

Patriots' linebacking corps stepped up in Sunday's win

Posted Oct. 18, 2010 @ 4:02 p.m. ET
In the Patriots' victory over the Ravens, their starting linebackers, including rookie Brandon Spikes, made big plays to seal the win late.

Ninkovich the Patriots' unexpected playmaker

Posted Oct. 11, 2010 @ 2:18 a.m. ET
After starring under the "Monday Night Football" lights in Week Four, Patriots OLB Rob Ninkovich can say he has come a long way since bouncing around on practice squads in Miami and New Orleans.

Five questions with Patriots correspondent Ian Rapoport

Posted Oct. 07, 2010 @ 4:48 p.m. ET
Each week throughout the season we'll ask our Patriots correspondent and Boston Herald writer Ian Rapoport five questions about the Pats. This week, Ian reacted to the Randy Moss trade and talked about the surprising play of OLB Rob ...

Patriots able to lean on special teams, not Brady's arm, for win

Posted Oct. 05, 2010 @ 5:39 p.m. ET
The Patriots didn't need their offense to carry them to victory Monday night, thanks to a special-teams clinic.

They Said It: Patriots Tuesday edition

Posted Oct. 05, 2010 @ 4:42 p.m. ET
Here are some noteworthy quotes from Patriots players and head coach Bill Belichick following their 41-14 victory over the Dolphins on Monday night.

Patriots players of the week

Posted Oct. 05, 2010 @ 1:41 a.m. ET
The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 41-14 win over the Dolphins in Week Four.


Posted Oct. 05, 2010
Ninkovich had the first two interceptions of his five-year career during a 41-14 win over Miami on Monday night.||||||| Ninkovich had both picks in the first half, boosting the struggling New England defense and keeping the Patriots close. New England exploded with a series of big plays on special teams after halftime to cruise to the win, but the team will need more big plays from people like Ninkovich as its young, patchwork defense tries to stay afloat.