Ngata tore one of his biceps last October and is now over seven months removed from surgery. While the Eagles have no incentive to rush the 11-year vet back into action, at this point there's no guarantee he'll be ready to go in time for training camp this summer.
Ngata remains in recovery from the torn biceps that prematurely ended his 2017 season, Zach Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media reports.
Ngata, who hasn't played a full 16-game slate since 2011, lasted just five games into the 2017 season before being placed on injured reserve. Since the sort of injury he's dealing with typically accompanies a four-to-six month recovery, Ngata should be closing in on a full recovery in the near future. While the veteran defensive tackle seems likely to miss the Eagles' voluntary workouts this month, there's optimism he'll be full-go in time for mandatory workouts in June.
The Eagles are in line to sign Ngata, NJ.com reports.
After having acquired Michael Bennett in a deal with the Seahawks, the Eagles continue to bolster their defensive line by adding Ngata, who played five games for the Lions in 2017 before sustaining a season-ending biceps injury. Ngata likely profiles as a rotational player for Philadelphia, but the 6-foot-4, 340-pounder (who turned 34 in January) can still provide a sturdy interior presence, while holding his own against the run.
Ngata (biceps) said he intends to continue his playing career in 2018, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "I think if I finished the year healthy I would have been a little closer to probably retiring, but I want to finish the season so I think I want to keep on playing," the veteran said.
The Lions were among the best in the league at defending the run with Ngata in the lineup this season, as the unit allowed just 74.6 rushing yards per game prior to the veteran tearing his biceps in Week 5 compared to 129.7 yards per game thereafter. Thus, it seems the soon to be 34-year-old has plenty left in the tank despite his advanced age. However, Ngata will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year and isn't guaranteed to remain in the same Detroit system if he does in fact continue his playing career in 2018.
Ngata will undergo surgery on his torn bicep Thursday and has been given a recovery timetable of four months, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Ngata was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with some optimism, but the announcement of surgery Thursday effectively ends the star defensive tackle's season. The 33-year-old had considered retirement after last season, and this serious of an injury may be enough for him to officially call it a career. Ngata has recorded 53 tackles (33 solo) and six sacks over his three years with the Lions.
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