Haloti Ngata: Kick was 'heat of the moment thing'

Haloti Ngata: Kick was 'heat of the moment thing'
August 24, 2014, 1:15 pm
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(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

Haloti Ngata might be hearing from the league office this week.

Early in Saturday night's game against the Redskins, Ngata appeared to kick Redskins guard Shawn Lauvao -- Ngata said he simply "nudged him" -- in retaliation after Lauvao flattened Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks.

It happened on the Redskins' first play from scrimmage. Alfred Morris ran up the middle for 19-yards before Matt Elam and Darian Stewart wrestled him to the ground. Arriving at the end of the play, with Morris already on the ground, Franks is plowed into by Lauvao and sent flying backwards a couple of yards.

Ngata responds by stepping forward and delivering his right foot into Lauvao's midsection. Neither Lauvao nor Ngata was penalized on the play.

After the game, Ngata downplayed the incident and said it was a "heat of the moment thing."

"I was just kind of pissed that he was doing that and just nudged him – kind of a heat of the moment thing," he said. "That was the only thing, I was just trying to protect my own player.  No disrespect to Shawn because we know each other. It was just the heat of the moment and just was mad that he tried a late hit.”

According to the NFL's schedule of fines for this season, a first offense for kicking is $8,268.

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