The Detroit Lions announced on Wednesday that veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been placed on injured reserve after he tore his bicep against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. According to the Detroit Free Press, those inside the Detroit Lions organization believe Ngata won’t play again in 2017.
Ngata’s injury is a huge loss to the Lions as they have been third in the league in yards per game (74.6) and fourth in yards per rush (3.27). In a corresponding move, the Lions signed former Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones, who has 80 tackles and nine sacks in four seasons.
Ngata is a five-time Pro Bowler who spent his first nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and was a crucial part of their Super Bowl run in 2012. Ngata was traded to the Lions in 2015, finishing his Ravens career with 449 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and five interceptions. His career in Detroit has been a lot more quiet. In 27 games over three seasons, Ngata has six sacks and 53 tackles.
Ngata will be an unrestriced free agent next spring.