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The Roar: Haloti Ngata to IR, Lions Add Replacements; No Peterson for a Reason

On Wednesday morning, the Lions announced that they placed veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on injured reserve.

By rule, Ngata is guaranteed to miss the next eight weeks, but many insiders are expecting the veteran to be done for the season. The injury is officially listed as an elbow injury, but the Lions are saying that it’s more so in the bicep.

Detroit has already added defensive help as they’ve signed defensive end Datone Jones and defensive tackle Caraun Reid.

Jones, 27, spent the preseason as a Minnesota Viking and the previous four seasons as a member of the Green Bay Packers. Jones was selected 26th overall by the Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft. In his career, the former first-rounder has 53 solo tackles, nine sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery on the resume.

The addition of Jones comes shortly after the release of defensive end Armonty Bryant, who was coming off a suspension.

Reid, 25, once wore the Honolulu Blue and Silver as he was selected in the fifth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 158th overall. Reid spent two seasons in the Motor City, last season and this preseason with the Chargers. His resume consists of 28 solo tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Why no trade for Adrian Peterson?

First off, general manager Bob Quinn and the Lions didn’t sign the 11-year veteran when they had a chance in the off-season. Secondly, the Lions still believe that Ameer Abdullah is their guy and want that to be the case. Finally, Quinn isn’t big on taking chances on guys that have had off-field issues and Peterson has had some in recent years. Not to mention, the Lions value their draft picks and more than likely would have had to given one to the Saints, just how the Cardinals did.

Peterson, 32, hasn’t had a Peterson-like year since 2015 and has battled the injury bug in recent seasons as well. With him starting off slow in 2017, many wonder if he can still be productive. His best days running the ball are certainly behind him. Regardless of that, Arizona is likely going to use the veteran back more than New Orleans did. You may want to consider adding him to your fantasy football roster before your buddy does.

With all of that said, at least the Lions won’t have to deal with their former divisional foe this weekend in New Orleans.

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