The Lions on Monday placed DL Haloti Ngata on the non-football injury list. The team didn't reveal the injury that's sidelining Ngata or how long he might be out. Any absence by the big veteran means bad news for a defense that let DT Ndamukong Suh walk in free agency. Ngata's not much of an IDP target even if healthy.
The Ravens on Tuesday traded DL Haloti Ngata to the Lions. Barring a change in scheme, Ngata should play DT in Detroit's 4-3 front. That slight change helps his IDP value in leagues that separate DTs and DEs. Ngata has been an inconsistent, down-the-list fantasy producer overall, though. He also turned 31 in January.
The league has suspended Ravens DL Haloti Ngata 4 games for violating the PED policy. That puts the veteran lineman out for the rest of the regular season. Although Ngata has popped up for solid fantasy football numbers at times, he hasn't been a big IDP contributor. So replacing him shouldn't be too difficult. Baltimore figures to turn primarily to rookie Timmy Jernigan in Ngata's role, which could mean some IDP upside for Jernigan in a positive matchup with the Dolphins on Sunday. Losing Ngata hurts the defense overall but doesn't significantly alter the team D's fantasy outlook.
S Bernard Pollard and DL Haloti Ngata are among the Ravens' inactives, as expected. Baltimore is likely to stick in the No. 4 playoff seed and is giving rest to a fair number of starters.
Ravens DL Haloti Ngata is active against the Browns today. He played less than his usual allotment of snaps against Houston 2 weeks ago and then sat out some practice time this week with a shoulder injury. Ngata is usable in IDP but should certainly be downgraded from his normal status. He's maybe a DL3.
The Ravens may have won Sunday, but their defense took a beating. On top of injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, DL Haloti Ngata sprained his right knee and aggravated a right shoulder injury. Neither ailment pulled him from the win over Dallas, but the knee could cost Ngata a game or 2. On the positive side, Baltimore might get DE/OLB Terrell Suggs back for "light practice" this week. Suggs, of course, partially tore an Achilles' tendon back in the spring.
CSNBaltimore.com reports that Ravens 2nd-year NT Terrence Cody has trimmed all the way down to 335 pounds and is motivated to deliver this year. Cody apparently found motivation in GM Ozzie Newsome's assessment that he could be on the verge of a breakout year. The NT dropped at least 40 pounds from his rookie playing weight, and DL Haloti Ngata expects "a lot of good things." Cody was a top talent at his position in college, leaving his weight issues as the only concern at draft time. With that in tow, he can be a force in the middle and help everyone else around him. Cody could pull blocking attention away from Ngata and help keep Ray Lewis clean.
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