- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ninkovich was in the last year of his contract. Since joining the Patriots on Aug. 2, 2009, his role has increased each year.
A starter at linebacker in the 4-3 defense, the 27-year-old Ninkovich has also been utilized as a sub rusher this year at defensive end.
Hat tip to Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football blog for bringing Ninkovich's extension to light.
New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich recently inked a two-year extension through the 2013 season, a league source told ESPN Boston. Terms were not available.