FOXBORO - The news on Rob Ninkovich's injured left hip is better than anticipated.
After additional evaluation was done Monday, there is cautious optimism that the Patriots defensive end could be back for the Patriots' AFC Divisional Playoff game in 13 days.
Whether or not Ninkovich is able to go in that game, that he has a shot to return at all has to be considered good news given the apparent pain he was in as he left the field Sunday against the Dolphins.
Everything will hinge, however, on how well Ninkovich's hip responds to treatment.
Mike Giardi and Jerod Mayo talk about the potential of a Patriots reunion with Darrelle Revis. Mayo thinks if he is motivated, he can still play, but that's a big IF in Jerod's mind. Plus, is Revis a sure fire Hall of Famer?
Giardi and Mayo also discuss Cyrus Jones, who had a rough rookie year for the Patriots. Jerod thinks he could make a major leap in his second season and play a huge role.
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On Malcolm Butler, Mayo has one piece of advice - stop being so emotional! He talks about how Butler has no leverage as a restricted free-agent, and the Patriots are in the right. Mayo stresses to Butler that insurance can offset any fears for playing for what he believes his market value is.
Giardi goes 1-on-1 with Saints reporter Nick Underhill about the latest rumors from the owner's meetings regarding Malcolm Butler, and how his acquisition could prevent Drew Brees from considering going to a title contender when his contract is up in 2018.
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry alongside producer Adam Hart discuss the latest news around the Patriots including whether they think the Cleveland Browns are willing to part with the 12th pick for Jimmy Garoppolo. They also dive into the what the timeline will be for the Patriots to decide on Malcolm Butler's future.
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