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Haloti Ngata | Defensive Lineman | #92

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 340
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (12) / BAL
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Lions DT Haloti Ngata consulted a neurologist before deciding to return for his 12th NFL season.
"I went and talked to a neurologist, wanted to make sure my head was good, all that," Ngata said. "He said everything was pretty good, really good actually. I was like, ‘All right, I’m going to keep on playing.’ My wife was like, ‘I guess so.’" It's a practice that could become more common in the coming years. Ngata played a career-low 527 snaps last season, and has settled into a situational lineman role. May 4 - 1:32 PM

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he is "glad" DT Haloti Ngata decided to come back for his 12th season.

Ngata considered retirement following the season, but he is coming back for his third year in Detroit. Ngata has not played 16 games since 2011 and no longer contributes as a pass rusher, but he is a solid anchor in the middle of the line and a great veteran presence in the locker room.
Apr 1 - 10:14 AM

The MMQB's Albert Breer reports Lions DT Haloti Ngata will return for his 12th season in 2017.

Ngata was apparently waffling on whether to return, but this is the first we've heard of it. In decline the past two seasons, Ngata has missed 5-of-32 games as a Lion. He played a modest 527 snaps in 2016.
Mar 6 - 3:31 PM

Lions DT Haloti Ngata will miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.

Ngata went down midway through last week's win over the Eagles. At 32, Ngata's play has slipped since coming over from Baltimore, but he's still a big body in the middle of a run defense that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown to a running back. It's a sliver of good news for Todd Gurley owners.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 11:48:00 AM

Lions DT Haloti Ngata said he is feeling like his old self.

Coach Jim Caldwell agreed, saying the staff is "getting a sense" of how good Ngata can be after he was hampered by injuries his first year in Detroit. Even at 32, Ngata has the ability to anchor a defensive line when healthy. The Lions will hope he stays that way this season.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 11:15:00 AM

Lions re-signed DT Haloti Ngata to a two-year, $12 million contract.

Ngata has been expected to sign an extension since he was acquired in a trade on the first day of free agency last year, but it is just now getting done. Ngata was limited to 14 games last season, but he remained an effective player when on the field. Even on the decline, Ngata remains a force inside.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 03:24:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports free agent DT Haloti Ngata is "increasingly likely" to re-sign with the Lions.

Beat writer Dave Birkett reports there's a "very bridgeable gap" between the Lions and Ngata in contract talks. Although Ngata is deep into his decline phase, he remained an effective starter in 2015 and can still push the pocket.
Sun, Feb 28, 2016 02:07:00 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley considers it unlikely that free agent DT Haloti Ngata returns to Baltimore.

Hensley believes the cap-strapped Ravens simply don't have the need along a defensive line that already includes Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan and Carl Davis. Now 32, Ngata is coming off a down 2016, and has said he'd like to re-sign with the Lions. The Ravens have moved on from one of the core pieces of their John Harbaugh-era success.
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 03:13:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said it "seems like" the Lions want to re-sign impending free agent DT Haloti Ngata.

Ngata has already said he would "love to stay." If the Lions do want him back, something should be worked out in the coming weeks. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported talks between the two sides will begin "soon."
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 01:03:00 PM's Ian Rapoport confirms free agent DT Haloti Ngata wants to continue playing in 2016.

It's not exactly breaking news, as Ngata himself confirmed so last month. Rapsheet reports Ngata will begin talks with the Lions "soon." Ngata was effective in 2015, but not the force he was during his prime. The longtime Raven turned 32 last month.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 01:31:00 PM

Impending free agent DT Haloti Ngata said he would "love to stay" with the Lions.

"I love what coach [Jim] Caldwell has done here. I love playing under him and coach Kris [Kocurek]," Ngata said. "I feel like I got in a groove at the end of the season and hopefully I can play a full season understanding the system." Ngata added his agent and new GM Bob Quinn will open talks once Quinn returns from the Senior Bowl. Ngata recorded 25 tackles and 2.5 sacks over 14 games in his first season with the Lions.
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 09:56:00 AM

Lions DT Haloti Ngata (calf) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Ngata should play after being limited throughout the week. His presence is a downgrade to Tim Hightower’s matchup.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 04:40:00 PM

Lions DT Haloti Ngata (calf) is listed as probable for Week 7 against the Vikings.

He missed the last two games with a strained calf but should be ready for Sunday's tilt against Minnesota. Andre Fluellen and Gabe Wright filled in at left tackle during his absence.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 04:23:00 PM

Lions DT Haloti Ngata (calf) is out for Week 6 against the Bears.

Ngata hasn't practiced since straining his calf against Seattle in Week 4. Gabe Wright should get most of the reps at left defensive tackle on Sunday.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 04:06:00 PM

Lions DT Haloti Ngata (calf) missed practice all week.

Ngata had expressed optimism he'd return against the Bears, but that doesn't appear to be in the cards. Facing Matt Forte on Sunday, Detroit will be without starting DTs Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, in addition to WLB DeAndre Levy.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 01:08:00 PM

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