Retired defensive end Rob Ninkovich told the Boston Herald on Saturday that he has not heard from the New England Patriots about a possible comeback, but would consider it if the opportunity came up.

Especially after Thursday night’s 42-27 loss at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Personally, my health is good. I don’t have any knee issues or health issues,” Ninkovich said. “If they were to approach me, I’d definitely think about it.”

Asked if he might approach them, Ninkovich said: “I don’t think I’d approach them because I know they’re doing their thing. They’re trying to figure out the next step.”

While his playing time was reduced last year, Ninkovich still could help on the edge. His experience in the Patriots defense would be a benefit.

“I’m not working out to play football, but I’m working out all the time. You just can’t stop,” he said. “It’s hard when you’ve been playing football 20 years to not do anything. So I keep up with a good regimen. I’m 260 (pounds), so there wouldn’t be any dropoff with my strength.

“But, again, I’d have to really think about it. The pros of leaving after a Super Bowl (win) on my own terms, and I kind of wanted to see the first game to see where they were at.”

After Week 1 teams can sign veterans without guaranteeing their contracts for the season.

RAMS: All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald reported to the team on Saturday, ending a holdout that began in May without getting a new contract.

Donald passed his physical, but will not play in the Rams’ season opener at the Coliseum against Indianapolis on Sunday.

Donald stayed away from the Rams starting in May, holding out through offseason team activities, training camp and the entire preseason while attempting to get a new contract.

Steelers: Pittsburgh and defensive end Stephon Tuitt agreed on a new contract that runs through the 2022 season.

Raiders: Oakland placed kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve with an injured back and promoted Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster.