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January 2, 2013

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Ninkovich injury not serious

Patriots linebacker/defensive end Rob Ninkovich, who left Sunday’s win over Miami with a hip injury, avoided serious injury according to reports.

In fact, there is reportedly a good chance Ninkovich, the teams sack leader with eight, will be able to suit up in the Patriots Divisional Playoff game on January 13 at Gillette Stadium.

The news is very good for the Patriots as Ninkovich, while not a world beater, is a solid piece and a key cog in the Patriots defense, a defense that is going to have to be 100% to win the Super Bowl this season.

McDaniels

to stay put?

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has told NFL teams with coaching vacancies, seven of them after Monday’s purging, that he will not be accepting interviews to replace any fired head coach.

McDaniels said he’s happy in New England and called talks of him interviewing for other head coaching jobs irrelevant.

Now this is a good sign that McDaniels could be back on the sidelines in New England next season, but he could still take interviews after the Patriots season finishes up.

Willing to listen

An old face has hinted at returning to the NFL as a head coach. Former Super Bowl winning coach Mike Holmgren, who coached in three Super Bowls winning one, has said that he will listen is teams come to him asking about coaching vacancies. Holmgren also said that he will not actively pursue a head coaching job.

Holmgren back on the sidelines would be good for the NFL as he has long ago established himself as one of the best coaches in the game and already turned around a pair of struggling franchises in Green Bay and Seattle.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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