If Haloti Ngata, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury, is indeed back to being Ngata-ish, it couldn't come at a better time for the Ravens.
“I’m starting to feel a lot better,” Ngata told baltimoreravens.com. “Now I’m starting to get back to the player that I want to be.”
Ngata, the anchor of the Ravens’ interior defense at tackle, has been dealing with a shoulder issue since Week 6. He didn’t play against the Raiders three weeks ago and cut back on his plays in at least two other games.
But being back to the normal Ngata can make a huge difference for the Ravens, especially on a Sunday where they are facing a team in the Redskins that has run the ball so well this season, ranking first in the league at 167.2 yards per game, with rookie running back Alfred Morris totaling 1,106 yards, third in the NFL.
Stopping the run starts with Ngata. And that starts with him playing his game.
“I try to be physical, just be the player I’m trying to be,” Ngata said. “I think I’m almost pretty close to being back to 100 percent.”
Fellow defensive tackle Terrence Cody said he’s observed the return of the true Ngata.
“I’ve been seeing him be able to use his power a lot, throw guys around like he used to,” Cody said. “We need him. I’m hoping he’ll be 100 percent for the playoff run."