Ninkovich left last Sunday's 55-31 win over the Steelers with a foot injury and was looked at briefly on the sidelines before being taken back to the locker room by the medical staff. He returned not long after and
The defensive end was on the practice field Tuesday and talked to the media about his foot injury.
"In the game there, I had a little something there, just don't really want to get into the specifics of it, but it's something that with having a week off, I'm sure I'll feel even better next week and running around and doing whatever it is as far as a week of recovery," Ninkovich said.
The Patriots won't have to submit a practice participation report until Tuesday, when there will be a better feel for how Ninkovich is doing and whether he will be available for the November 18th game against the Carolina Panthers.
The bye week will give Ninkovich, the defensive captain, time to get better, but it will also provide him the opportunity to improve the team.
"There's a lot of room for improvement," Ninkovich said. "If you look at the two games we didn't win, there's a lot of things in those games that are kind of similar as far as not starting fast and not coming out in the third quarter and finishing games.
"Really just trying to have a full-four quarter victory is something that we're still trying to have and I don't think we've done it yet. So we're going to continue to work to come out and start fast [in] all three phases, then at halftime come out in all three phases, work together, all four quarters."
Reference ESPN and Boston Globe
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