Rob Ninkovich expected to miss 4-6 weeks with torn tricep

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One of the Patriots' most notable defensive players will be on the shelf for a little while. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich suffered a torn tricep injury in practice yesterday and will be out four to six weeks, according to Adam Schefter.

The tendon is apparently not torn, which would have required surgery. Instead, Ninkovich will rehab the injury and hope to be back in October.

There is no question this is a very big loss for New England's defense. He isn't exactly the Tom Brady of the defense, but he's pretty damn close.

Ninkovich, who has been a consistent contributor since signing with the Patriots in 2009, was tabbed as one of the starting defensive ends opposite Chris Long this season. He was also spending time at linebacker in training camp as insurance just in case Dont'a Hightower or Jamie Collins suffered injuries. Hopefully for all involved, he'll be able to fully rehab the injury and not have it affect his play when he comes back.

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