Rob Ninkovich ‘heartbroken’ by four-game suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots starting defensive end Rob Ninkovich will serve a four-game suspension to open the 2016 regular season after a positive test for a banned substance.

About 70 Santa Clara police officers work each 49ers game at Levi’s Stadium, according to NBC Bay Area.

The union letter says Kaepernick’s protest has “threatened our harmonious working relationship” with the 49ers.

Whether or not Sanchez will be one of those 53 players remains to be seen.

“I have no idea,’’ Sanchez said as he left the locker room. “I guess I’ll find out [Friday].’’

“We’ve got to evaluate the entire situation,’’ Kubiak said. “ … We’ve got a lot of tough decisions to make.’’

Roethlisberger served a four-game suspension of his own in 2010 for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, but when asked what advice he’d give Brady for coping with his absence, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said Brady “doesn’t need any advice from anybody.”

“Tom’s the greatest in the world, and I mean that,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger’s comment comes on the heels of former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw saying he’d take Big Ben “ahead of Brady for sure and anybody else.”

Bradshaw, a Fox NFL Sunday analyst and four-time Super Bowl champion, told Steelers.com he bases his opinion on Roethlisbergrer’s ability and not his personal connection to Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger has long had a healthy respect for Brady, saying before the 2015 season opener in New England that he hoped Brady would play in the game. Although Brady’s availability was in question while the legal battle over Deflategate swirled, he played for the Patriots in the 28-21 victory over the Steelers.