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September 24, 2013
NFL Boilers:Ninkovich gets extension in Week 3
After searching years for an NFL chance, before finally finding one in New England on perhaps his last opportunity, Rob Ninkovich can feel secure in knowing he has a home for seasons to come.
The New England defensive end signed a three-year contract extension, giving him $8.5 million guaranteed.
The agreement is an illustration that persistence pays off. Ninkovich had been cut a couple times before latching on with the Patriots.
Late news this morning, Anthony Spencer will likely undergo season-ending surgery on his knee.
The Dallas defensive end played in Week 2, his first action since having left knee surgery in late July, but was too sore to play again on Sunday.
It's unfortunate timing for Spencer, who is set to become a free agent this summer, and was hoping to cash in with a long-term deal. The likelihood of that, now, has diminished.
Mike Neal had a breakout game at linebacker in Week 2, getting an interception off the bench in the Packers' victory.
It was a busy offseason for the 275-pounder, who is playing more linebacker now than defensive end.
He, of course, was a 300-plus-pound tackle during his time at Purdue, and seemed to be an unlikely candidate for a move to linebacker in the NFL.
Bernard Pollard is talking again, not happy about his fine following a Week 2 hit.
Some around here might not consider this a big surprise, but perhaps it is for those who have followed only Drew Brees' NFL career.
The New Orleans quarterback had a rushing TD in the Saints' 31-7 win over Arizona and for a time was their leading rusher. Can he be considered dual-threat now?
At Purdue, of course, Brees had nearly 1,000 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns in his career at Purdue, including 546 yards and five scores as a senior. He's capable, just doesn't need to.
A couple of Boilers are getting in on some endorsement deals.
Ryan Kerrigan is taking advantage of his every-man look - at least as far as 6-4, 260-pounders can be everymen - with his Modell's commercial.
And then there's Nick Hardwick link.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 3 statistics.
Dallas Cowboys (2-1, 31-7 win at St. Louis; play at San Diego at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
Tennessee Titans (2-1, 20-17 win over San Diego; host New York Jets at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)
Carolina Panthers (1-2, 38-0 win over New York Giants, BYE in Week 4)
Denver Broncos (3-0, 37-21 win over Oakland; host Philadelphia at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
Green Bay Packers (1-2, 34-30 loss at Cincinnati; BYE)
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3, 45-17 loss at Seattle; host Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)
New England Patriots (3-0, 23-3 win over Tampa Bay; play at Atlanta at 8:30 p.m. Sunday)
New Orleans Saints (3-0, 31-7 win over Arizona; host Miami at 8:40 p.m. Monday)
New York Giants (0-3, 38-0 loss at Carolina; play at Kansas City at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-2, 26-16 los to Kansas City; play at Denver at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
San Diego Chargers (1-2, 20-17 loss at Tennessee; host Dallas at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
Seattle Seahawks (3-0, 45-17 win over Jacksonville; play at Houston at 1 p.m. Sunday)
Washington Redskins (0-3, 27-20 loss to Detroit; play at Oakland at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)
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