The New England Patriots may be in some trouble defensively going into the 2016 season after defensive end Rob Ninkovich went down with what appeared to be a triceps injury. He will undergo a MRI later this week to determine the severity of the injury.
It was reported by several outlets that Ninkovich suffered an injury during the team’s joint practice with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that he will have an MRI to determine the nature of the injury.
Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich is scheduled to undergo MRI to determine severity of triceps injury that knocked him out of practice.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 9, 2016
Ninkovich has played in every game of the regular season for the Patriots since 2010 and has started every game since 2011. He has been a big piece for the team in the last few years.
In seven seasons with the Patriots, Rob Ninkovich has recorded 262 tackles, 42 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries and five interceptions. Needless to say, his absence would be felt on an extreme level.
The team opens the 2016 season on Sept. 11 on the road against the Arizona Cardinals.
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