Lions lose Haloti Ngata for season with torn bicep

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The Lions’ defensive line has just suffered a big loss.

Haloti Ngata, the big defensive tackle who was off to a good start this season, suffered a torn bicep on Sunday and will be placed on injured reserve. Although he would be eligible to return in eight weeks, the Detroit Free Press reports that the team’s medical staff has already ruled him out for the rest of the season.

After a bad year in 2016, the Lions’ defense has rebounded this season, both against the run and against the pass. But with Ngata out for the season, they’ll have to scramble to replace an important cog.

The Lions have added to their defensive line this week by signing defensive end Datone Jones and defensive tackle Caraun Reid.

17 responses to “Lions lose Haloti Ngata for season with torn bicep

  1. Big loss on the high performing Lions D. Theyre making things happen this year. If Stafford gets it together we could still come out pretty well. Last year we made the playoffs losing the last few games of the season as pathetic as that was. We can still compete

  2. Cue the most over-used and stupid in-season cliché in sports, “next man up”. At the end of the season teams say the truth, during the season they use that motto so as not to sound like they are disappointed. When it’s an impact player injured, it affects the psyche of a team as well. Suppose Rodgers got hurt….next man up, I don’t think so. The average player can be replaced, the good ones, the impact will be felt. This loss will be felt. Sorry Lions fans.

  3. Tough break for the Lions. Man what year for injuries. Dalvin Cook in Minny, OBJ in NY, Tanneyhill in Mia the list goes on and on. Maybe its time for the league to allow for a 60 man roster with a 53 active and 7 practice squad players.

  4. Wow; the only thing I thought Ngata was ripping was my Panthers’ OLine. That’s a huge blow for a great player and a team that looked like it is on the rise.

  5. Wow, this sucks! I guess we aren’t the only team in the NFC losing key players. As a Bears fan I was really excited to see the Lions win the division instead of the same old boring Packers. Hopefully the Lions can still pull it off this year!

  6. R-E-L-A-X

    They rotate there tackles quite a bit. Of the 4 that get the snaps Ngata had the 3rd most. It’ll hurt, but not as much as everybody thinks.

    Lions fans…..get off the ledge.

  7. Ngata doesn’t provide much of a pass rush these days but he was a load inside still; run defense has been stout putting teams in predictable passing situations. How much this will hurt remains to be seen, but I suspect it will have an impact on the run stopping, which lets offenses get in more favorable 2nd and 3rd downs.

    That being said, it’s not like they lost JJ Watt. Should be able to cope.

  8. Injuries are the great equalizer in the NFL. That’s a big loss for the Lions, especially against the run.

  9. Ngata was truly dominant at his position–a real beast of a player who delivered crushing hits. Hopefully he will be recognized by the HOF his career excellence.

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