TWENTYMAN: Lions place DT Haloti Ngata on NFI list

Posted Aug 3, 2015

The Lions placed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on the active/non-football injury list Monday before the first practice of training camp.

The Lions are counting on veteran Haloti Ngata to fill the void left by Ndamukong Suh’s departure this offseason, but they’ll have to wait a little longer to see exactly how he fits into their defense.

Haloti NgataDT Haloti Ngata (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Ngata has been placed on the active/non-football injury (NFI) list as the Lions start training camp today. He remains on the active roster and can come off NFI at any time.

Ngata, 31, has been one of the best run stoppers in the NFL since joining the league in 2006. His ability to plug the middle and be a disruptive force is one of the big reasons the Lions traded for him in the opening hour of free agency this offseason.

Last year, Ngata recorded 32 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in 12 games. He has 528 career tackles and 25.5 sacks. One of the most athletic big men in the game, he also has five career interceptions.

The Lions led the NFL in rushing defense last year (69.3 yards allowed per game) and hope to stay at the top in that category with Ngata being an important piece to the puzzle.

Expect Tyrunn Walker and Caraun Reid to take the majority of first-team reps in Ngata’s absence.