Patriots short-handed up front with Rob Ninkovich's 4-game suspension (Shutdown Corner)

The New England Patriots had planned for life this season without the services of defensive end Rob Ninkovich after he suffered a triceps tear early in training camp. Ninkovich told ESPN Boston that he is “devastated and shocked” to have learned that he tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (R) will be suspended the first four games in 2016.