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Lions' Haloti Ngata decides to return for 2017

By Brett Whitefield
May 6, 2017
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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (92) reacts after a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
  • Detroit Lions DI Haloti Ngata reportedly wanted to consult with a neurologist before officially committing to play in 2017. After receiving a good report, Ngata announced he has decided he will return for his 12th season.
  • Ngata is coming off an injury-riddled season in which he saw his level of play dip quite a bit. His 47.8 overall grade ranked 69th out of 127 qualifying DIs and was the worst-graded season of his career.
  • In 2016, Ngata also earned a career-low pass-rush grade of 48.6. He registered just 15 total pressures on 313 pass-rush snaps.
  • Ngata, who has traditionally been one of the best run-stopping defensive interior players throughout his career, earned a run-stop percentage of just 5.9, the second-lowest mark of his career.

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