Detroit Lions place Haloti Ngata on IR; sign 2 free agents

ALLEN PARK — More bad news for the Lions defensive line today when Haloti Ngata was placed on injured reserve with a bicep injury sustained in Sunday’s loss at the Vikings. The defensive tackle was unable to finish the the game.

Ngata was off to a good start with a pair of sacks and seven tackles in five games. It’s his 12th NFL season, his third in Detroit.

The Lions have signed free agents defensive end Datone Jones and defensive tackle Caraun Reid. Also they waived linebacker Thurston Armbrister.

In his fifth season, Jones comes to the Lions after most recently spending the 2017 preseason with the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to this year, he played four seasons (2013-16) with the Green Bay Packers and appeared in 59 games with seven starts during that time.

A former first-round draft pick by the Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft out of UCLA, Jones’ career totals include 72 total tackles (53 solo), nine sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Reid returns to Detroit after originally being drafted by the Lions in the fifth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Princeton. In two seasons with Detroit (2014-15), he appeared in 26 games (12 starts).

Reid most recently spent the 2017 preseason with the Los Angeles Chargers after playing in seven games for the club in 2016. Currently in his fourth season, his career totals include 36 total tackles (28 solo), three sacks and two fumble recoveries.

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Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on Amazon.com. She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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