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OCT 6, 1:13p ET | Brett Smiley
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News: Ninkovich was on the field for 69 of 73 defensive snaps in Thursday's season opener against the Steelers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Ninkovich recorded just four tackles Thursday, but as long as his snap count remains high, he'll remain on the IDP radar on the heels of a 2014 season in which he notched 62 tackles and eight sacks.