The Boston Herald is reporting that New England Patriots starting defensive end Rob Ninkovich “remains on track to play” in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. It looked like Ninkovich suffered a severe injury a couple of weeks ago in the season finale against the Miami Dolphins, but it turned out he simply suffered some strained muscles in his hip during the second quarter. Justin Francis filled in nicely for Ninkovich with three sacks, and Ninkovich wasn’t expected to miss any time after our worst fears were overturned in the middle of the week following the Dolphins game.
During that period of time, the Herald reported that Ninkovich only suffered muscle strains and would likely play against the Houston Texans. This recent piece from Jeff Howe just confirms that Ninkovich will most likely be playing against the Texans, and I am certain that we will be seeing the dominant run-stuffing LE on the field against Houston. He is simply too tough to miss this sort of a playoff game, and he hasn’t even missed practice this week (he only missed on session last week).
The only player to miss practice during this week was Justin Francis, and the rookie was just likely getting some rest on Tuesday. He returned to full strength yesterday, and the Pats are going into the Texans game completely healthy.
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