Rob Ninkovich expected to announce retirement after 11 NFL seasons

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, who has been absent from training camp for what coach Bill Belichick described as personal reasons, is expected to announce his retirement Sunday afternoon, sources told ESPN. The Patriots have called a news conference for 12:15 p.m. ET but have not specified that it is for Ninkovich's announcement. Ninkovich, 33, has been considering retirement in recent seasons. He entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 2006. A Purdue alum, Ninkovich didn't see his NFL career take off until he joined the Patriots as a free agent on Aug. 2, 2009. He played in 123 regular-season games (101 starts) in New