Ngakoue (thigh) is active for Sunday's wild-card game against the Titans.
Ngakoue will return to action after missing last week's win over the Bengals. The 25-year-old linebacker adds a strong pass-rushing element to the Ravens' defense, as he has posted eight or more sacks in each of his first five NFL seasons.
Ngakoue (thigh), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Titans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Ngakoue was unable to play in Week 17, but the fifth-year outside linebacker looks ready for the first round of playoffs. The 25-year-old posted 24 tackles, eight sacks and four forced fumbles over 15 games during the 2020 season. He'll be a key part of pressuring Ryan Tannehill and slowing down Derrick Henry this week.
Ngakoue (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
The 25-year-old was considered a game-time decision for Week 17 but won't be available due to the thigh injury. Ngakoue will look to get healthy for the first round of the playoffs, assuming the Ravens secure a spot.
Ngakoue (thigh), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bengals is considered a game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
After hurting his thigh in last week's win over the Giants, Ngakoue wasn't able to practice in any fashion Wednesday through Friday. While the lack of activity in practice doesn't bode well for Ngakoue's chances of suiting up, the Ravens will apparently re-evaluate him early Sunday to see if his condition has improved enough for him to suit up in the regular-season finale. Since being acquired from the Vikings on Oct. 22, Ngakoue has made a limited impact as a rotational edge rusher, tallying 11 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in nine games.
Ngakoue suffered a thigh injury during Sunday's 27-13 win over the Giants, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Ngakoue had one solo tackle before being forced off the field in the fourth quarter. He didn't return to Sunday's contest, so the veteran defensive end's status will need to be monitored ahead of Baltimore's Week 17 road game against the Bengals.
Ngakoue posted three solo tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Sunday's 40-14 win over the Jaguars.
Ngakoue was dominant in his first matchup against the Jaguars, who traded him to the Vikings back in August. The 2016 third-round pick sacked Gardner Minshew twice, forcing a fumble on one of the takedowns. Ngakoue now sits at eight sacks this season, tying last year's total, and he'll have a good opportunity to hit double digits in the category for the second time in his career as the Ravens close out the regular season against the Giants and Bengals, respectively.
The Ravens acquired Ngakoue from the Vikings on Thursday in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The edge rusher will join his third team in three months after the Vikings acquired him from Jacksonville in late August, giving up a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round selection in the deal. With Minnesota sitting at 1-5 and facing an uphill battle to reach the postseason, the team has elected to move on from Ngakoue while getting most of its draft capital back in the deal. According to Schefter, Ngakoue will arrive in Baltimore in the next 24 hours to undergo COVID-19 testing, and if cleared, he should be ready to make his Ravens debut Nov. 1 against the Steelers coming off the team's Week 7 bye. Despite Minnesota's collective struggles, Ngakoue was productive as a pass rusher during his six games with the club, logging 13 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles.
Ngakoue had three total tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss and two QB hits in Sunday's loss to the Colts.
After playing just 44 of 78 snaps on defense last week without a sack in his Minnesota debut, Ngakoue played 54 for the defense's 73 snaps and was much more disruptive in the pass rush. His improvement was about the only positive for a defense that struggled for a second consecutive game.
Ngakoue did not have a tackle or a sack and just one quarterback hurry in Sunday's loss at Green Bay.
Ngakoue wasn't a starter on the first play of the game for the defense and played just 44 of the defense's 78 snaps. The Vikings eased him into action after he was traded from Jacksonville just two weeks before the team's first game. And, while the Packers focused on short passes to limit Minnesota's pass rushers, Ngakoue still underwhelmed in his Vikings debut.
Ngakoue signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Vikings on Sunday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
The Vikings acquired Ngakoue from Jacksonville on Sunday in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick. The 25-year-old is taking nearly a $6 million pay cut in Minnesota this season, as he could have played under the $17.8 million franchise tag had he made up with the Jaguars. That said, the Vikings agreed to negotiate a long-term deal with Ngakoue beginning in 2021, so the star defensive end should still be in line to receive his desired payday eventually.
The Vikings acquired Ngakoue from the Jaguars on Sunday in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Ngakoue's move to Minnesota ends his prolonged dispute with the Jaguars, whom he told back in the spring that he had no intention of signing a long-term deal. Jacksonville instead placed a $17.8 million franchise tag on Ngakoue, who hadn't signed the tender nor reported to training camp. According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com, the 25-year-old will sign a restructured one-year deal worth around $12 to 13 million, which would then allow Minnesota to begin negotiations on a long-term deal with the defensive end beginning in 2021. At least for this season, the addition of Ngakoue bolsters a Minnesota defensive line that also includes pass-rushing ace Danielle Hunter, who had been missing practice time of late. Ngakoue is coming off a 2019 season in which he logged 41 tackles and eight sacks. He's also forced 14 fumbles across the past four years, good for fourth most in the NFL during that span.
The Jaguars aren't believed to be nearing an immediate trade of Ngakoue, as was erroneously rumored Wednesday.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, "as of now, no trade is imminent or close." This follows a Wednesday report in which a deal involving moving Ngakoue in exchange for a second-round pick was said to be imminent within the next two days. Ngakoue still has yet to sign his franchise tag, and he's made clear his desire to be dealt to a team where he'd be handed a new multi-year deal, but for now it looks as though no quick resolution is in sight.
The Jaguars expect to deal Ngakoue in exchange for a second-round pick Wednesday or Thursday, Michael Lombardi of the Athletic reports.
Jacksonville's trade partner yet remains undisclosed, but Lombardi notes that a firm offer is in place. With a final deal evidently close to done it looks as though Ngakoue, who requested a trade earlier this offseason, will get his wish of moving on to greener pastures. It remains to be seen whether the 25-year-old's new team will see fit to immediately grant him the high-end, multi-year contract he desires.
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell says he's spoken to Ngakoue, who recently fired his agent, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Ngakoue still hasn't signed his franchise tag and is holding out from training camp, hoping his trade request eventually will be met. A lack of progress on that front could lead him to change his mind, as he'd be giving up more than a million dollars for each game he sat out this upcoming season. The 25-year-old has 37.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles through 63 regular-season games with the Jaguars.
Ngakoue hasn't reported to training camp, nor has he had any conversations with coach Doug Marrone, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
It's no secret Ngakoue wants to be traded, and his agent has criticized the Jaguars for demanding too much in their discussions with other teams. The 25-year-old edge rusher still hasn't signed his franchise tag, so he can't be fined for missing training camp. Ngakoue could end up skipping games if he isn't traded.
The Jaguars haven't shown much willingness to trade Ngakoue to another team since he put in a trade request earlier this year, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Jaguars applied the franchise tag to Ngakoue in March and seem to have granted him permission to discuss a trade and potential contract terms with other teams. Schefter suggests the contract is less of a problem than the Jaguars' trade demands, with the team apparently asking for significant compensation in return. Ngakoue hasn't signed his franchise tag, so he can hold out from training camp without accruing fines.
The Jaguars placed their franchise tag on Ngakoue on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Ngakoue expressed disinterest in coming to terms with Jaguars on a long-term deal earlier this month, a hint that he may look to pursue a trade now that he's constrained by the franchise tag. Entering his age-25 season, Ngakoue boasts four straight campaigns with at least eight sacks and 14 quarterback hits. He also forced four or more fumbles in three of those four seasons. In any event, Ngakoue's youth and history of production at a premier position will likely lead to a future long-term deal of at least $20 million per year, no matter what club he eventually comes to terms with.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Jaguars will use their franchise tag on Ngakoue, who tweeted Monday that he no longer has interest in signing a long-term deal with the team.
It's possible Ngakoue changes his mind if the Jaguars improve their offer, but it sounds like he's hoping for a tag-and-trade at the moment. The 2016 third-round pick will turn 25 in March, following four consecutive seasons with eight or more sacks and 14 or more QB hits. Given his age, position and production, Ngakoue likely wants at least $20 million per year on his long-term contract.
Ngakoue had one solo tackle and a forced fumble in Sunday's win over the Colts.
The 24-year-old finished the 2019 campaign with 41 tackles (36 solo), eight sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown in 15 games. Ngakoue is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the spring with his rookie contract now concluded, and there's a good bet he opts to test the market after posting 37.5 sacks, two interceptions and 14 forced fumbles through his first four seasons.
Ngakoue had five solo tackles, two sacks and a pass defensed during Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Ngakoue posted his third multiple-sack game of the season and also tied his season high in tackles. The 24-year-old has 40 tackles (35 solo), eight sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception and one touchdown in 13 games.
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|Sun 11/08||@ IND||W 24-10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||@ NE||L 17-23||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Mon 12/14||@ CLE||W 47-42||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||vs JAC||W 40-14||3||0||3||2||0||0||1||0|
|Sun 12/27||vs NYG||W 27-13||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Sat 01/16||@ BUF||L 3-17||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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