Haloti Ngata placed on NFI list by the Lions

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NFL teams have began their pre-season preparations and whilst most teams training camps have began already, some are just preparing to get going.

All eyes are on the camps of the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for various reasons.

Detroit of to a bad start

One of the less controversial teams in the off-season was the Detroit Lions whose only real headline was the loss of one of their top players.


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Detroit lost defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh in free agency as he signed with the Miami Dolphins for a big money contract.

The Lions wasted little time in finding a replacement for Suh however as they acted quickly to trade with the Baltimore Ravens for Haloti Ngata.

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However the former Ravens star has gotten off to a bad start with the Lions as the team confirmed that they had placed him on the NFI list on Monday.

Ngata is now an active player but is on the non-football injury list due to a hamstring problem, but it's not all bad news for the Lions.

It has been reported that while Ngata is currently unavailable for the Lions during the start of camp, he is expected to be on the field shortly.

Expected to be in training by the end of the week, Ngata will get the chance to practise with his new team-mates sooner rather than later.

Given the current setback though, some are speculating that he may not be part of the Lions first couple of pre-season games.

Tough challenge ahead

The Lions managed to make it to the play-offs last season but fell at the wild card round in controversial fashion to the Dallas Cowboys.

Detroit have a naturally tough challenge just from being in the same division as the Green Bay Packers, but next year will add a different challenge.

After a mediocre year in 2014, the Minnesota Vikings are looking a lot more threatening with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater now in his second year and of course the return of runningback Adrian Peterson.

Detroit will face more competition in their division next year and who knows what the NFC North could be set to give us next season?

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