LB Ninkovich Tore LCL - No Surgery Needed

Ian Logue
January 17, 2011 at 02:57pm ET

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Some good news at least following the Patriots 28-21 playoff loss the Jets yesterday.  WEEI's Christopher Price reported a few minutes ago via Twitter(@capeleaguer) that linebacker Rob Ninkovich's knee injury isn't quite as severe as some had feared.

According to Price Ninkovich tore his LCL, and will not require surgery.

An LCL (via About.com) is the lateral collateral ligament, and is the ligament on the outer side of the knee and helps keep the outer side of the knee joint stable.  Ninkovich suffered the injury late in the third quarter of Sunday's game and didn't return.

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