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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)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#8QBKyle OrtonDid not playn/a
#93DEAnthony SpencerNot active (knee)n/a

Tennessee Titans (2-1, 20-17 win over San Diego; host New York Jets at 4:05 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66RTMike OttoReserve Titans gained 170 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks
#31SSBernard PollardStarterSix tackles, 1 TFL, 1 blocked FG

Carolina Panthers (1-2, 38-0 win over New York Giants, BYE in Week 4)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#99DTKawann ShortReserve4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH

Denver Broncos (3-0, 37-21 win over Oakland; host Philadelphia at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#90LB/DEShaun PhillipsReserve2 tackles

Green Bay Packers (1-2, 34-30 loss at Cincinnati; BYE)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#96DE/LBMike NealReserveNone

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3, 45-17 loss at Seattle; host Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJags gained 51 yards rushing; line allowed four sacks

New England Patriots (3-0, 23-3 win over Tampa Bay; play at Atlanta at 8:30 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50LB/DERob NinkovichStarter5 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 QH

New Orleans Saints (3-0, 31-7 win over Arizona; host Miami at 8:40 p.m. Monday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter29-of-46 passing for 342 yards, 3 TD / 1 int., for a 98.3 QB rating; 1 rushing TD

New York Giants (0-3, 38-0 loss at Carolina; play at Kansas City at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#17QBCurtis PainterReserve2-of-4 passing for 16 yards, 0 TD / 1 int., for a 20.8 QB raiting

Philadelphia Eagles (1-2, 26-16 los to Kansas City; play at Denver at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#67RTDennis KellyNot active (back)n/a

San Diego Chargers (1-2, 20-17 loss at Tennessee; host Dallas at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 102 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks

Seattle Seahawks (3-0, 45-17 win over Jacksonville; play at Houston at 1 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#56DECliff AvrilReserve1 tackle, 1 pass defensed

Washington Redskins (0-3, 27-20 loss to Detroit; play at Oakland at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)

No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarter7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defensed

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