Robert Michael Ninkovich (born February 1, 1984) is an American football player for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He has played both defensive end and outside linebacker during his career.
The New England Patriots signed Ninkovich on August 2, 2009. He made the Patriots' 53-man roster and recorded his first NFL sack in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. He received a contract extension through the 2011 season on November 6, 2009. Overall, he played in 15 games for the Patriots in 2009, finishing with 23 tackles and one sack.
Ninkovich set a career high with three sacks in the Patriots Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills, in Week 8 Ninkovich recovered a Jay Cutler fumble for his second career touchdown. Ninkovich led the Patriots with eight sacks, his third straight year with eight sacks. In the Patriots' 28–24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, Ninkovich sacked Russell Wilson and recorded six tackles.