The New England Patriots lost two key veterans to injuries during Tuesday’s joint practice with the New Orleans Saints.
The first Patriots player to exit the Gillette Stadium practice fields was pass rusher Rob Ninkovich, who walked off under his own power accompanied by a team trainer.
It’s unclear exactly what precipitated Ninkovich’s early departure, but ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported the 32-year-old had suffered a triceps injury and is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine its severity.
Since joining the Patriots in 2009, Ninkovich has played in 111 of a possible 112 games, including all 16 in each of the last six seasons. He recorded 52 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last season.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman also left practice with a reported left foot injury, but multiple reports indicate his injury is not believed to be serious.
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