Patriots Ninkovich suspended 4 games for banned substance

Per Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich has been suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for a banned substance. 

Ninkovich is also dealing with a torn triceps injury but has been practicing.  The Patriots will now be without both Ninkovich and Tom Brady (Deflategate suspension) for games at Arizona and home to Miami, Houston and Buffalo.  

Ninkovich, who will lose nearly $400,000 in pay for the suspension told reporters he was devastated and shocked at the news, but takes responsibility for what he says was a supplement in something he bought in a store. 

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