Ngata sustained an elbow injury in Sunday's loss to the Panthers and didn't return, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Ngata was initially tabbed as questionable to return but never returned to the sideline and was eventually ruled out. Akeem Spence and Jeremiah Ledbetter rotated in at defensive tackle in Ngata's absence.
Ngata (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Ngata sat out practice Friday, typically an ominous sign for a player's availability on Sunday. Fortunately for the Lions, Ngata will suit up and will try to slow down former MVP Cam Newton and the Panthers offense.
Ngata didn't practice Friday due to a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. While missing the team's final practice of the week isn't an encouraging sign for Ngata, he'll have a full day to heal up before game day arrives. With just five solo tackles and a sack this season, Ngata's IDP value is minimal.
Ngata heads into his 12th NFL season with no health issues, Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site reports. The veteran defensive tackle wanted to make sure he was completely healthy heading into the new season, even undergoing a neurological exam to determine whether he'd sustained any brain damage over his career. The results showed none, according to the defensive tackle. "The brain is good to go," Ngata said. "I wanted to make sure my head was good. He (the neurologist) said everything was pretty good -- really good, actually. ... Just to make sure, with all things that are going on with the brain and stuff throughout the league, I don't want to have problems when I'm older." The defensive tackle missed some time last year due to calf and quad issues, but he still managed to record 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks through 13 games.
Ngata (quad) is active for Monday's tilt against the Cowboys. Ngata was limited in practice Thursday but register full participations on Friday and Saturday. He isn't expected to be limited in any fashion in Monday's game, where he'll start at defensive tackle alongside Tyrunn Walker.
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