Longtime Patriots defensive star missing from camp

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — He's won two Super Bowl championships since joining the New England Patriots in 2009, but defensive star Rob Ninkovich was a no-show on the first day of the team's 2017 NFL training camp. The team said the linebacker's absence was due to personal reasons. Ninkovich's absence sparked discussions on social media about whether the 33-year-old was pondering his future in the league. Ninkovich is in the final year of his contract, and as the retirement of WR Andrew Hawkins a few days ago shows, this is the time of year where players are forced to decide if they are mentally and physically ready to go through the grind of another training camp and season. Defensive end Kony Ealy

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