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Lions place Ngata on IR with bicep injury

By Brett Whitefield
Oct 12, 2017
Detroit Lions Haloti Ngata

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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)
  • According to Dave Birkett, the Detroit Lions have placed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on injured reserve with a bicep injury. Ngata, 33 years old, is in the last year of his contract with Detroit.
  • Ngata was off to a solid start this season, earning the No. 41 grade among interior defenders at 79.6 overall, his highest grade in a Lions uniform. Through five games this season, Ngata had taken a definitive role as more of rotational player, playing 145 total snaps, the third-most among his position group on the team.
  • Ngata has been fairly productive rushing the passer the season, producing a pass-rush productivity of 7.0 that ranks 19th among defensive tackles.
  • Look for sixth-round rookie Jeremiah Ledbetter to get more involved, especially on passing downs. On 134 snaps this year Lebetter has earned a 71.3 overall grade.

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