In the first half of Super Bowl XLVII, life couldn't have been better for the Ravens. But after the lights went out, the 49ers grabbed the momentum and began making their ill-fated comeback. They almost certainly were helped by the knee sprain suffered by Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, who didn't return after his third-quarter injury.
Good news for the Ravens (in addition to, you know, winning the NFL title): After undergoing an MRI on Thursday, it has been determined that Ngata's injury shouldn't be a long-term problem.
“Nothing serious with Haloti,” coach John Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. “There are some things in there we'll just have to see. It won't be anything that should keep him out of training camp or anything like that.”
As CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports, results from Ngata's MRI showed a minor sprain.
Ngata was injured on Frank Gore's 6-yard touchdown run when 49ers guard Alex Boone fell on him. His absence was felt for the rest of the game as San Francisco's offense became even more effective without one of the league's better interior defensive linemen in the game.
“I feel a lot better now,” Ngata said after the game. There were reports after the game that Ngata was seen lightly jogging through the team's hotel lobby, so the latest news isn't much of a surprise.
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