Haloti Ngata missed another practice because of the strained calf muscle he suffered two weeks ago against the Seattle Seahawks, but the Detroit Lions defensive tackle said in a conference call with Chicago reporters today that he’s “feeling better” by the day.
“We’ll see how the week goes,” Ngata said. “As the week goes, we’ll see what goes on and we’ll just kind of re-evaluate and see if I can play or not.”
Ngata has had a minimal impact on the Lions’ 22nd-ranked defense this year, making just six tackles with no sacks and sitting out last week’s 42-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals
He said injuries – he missed most of training camp with a strained hamstring – have “definitely” slowed him down, and it’s unclear if he’ll play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
“I felt like, as I was playing, week to week it was getting better and better,” Ngata said. “So hopefully I can get back and continue to improve into this scheme and just get better.”
Linebacker DeAndre Levy, who’s expected to undergo potentially season-ending hip surgery later this week, and safety James Ihedigbo (quad) also missed practice for the Lions today, while Joique Bell (ankle), Larry Warford (ankle) and Eric Ebron (knee) returned after sitting out the Cardinals game.
Bell and Warford were full participants in practice today, while Ebron was limited.
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