"When I saw Lauvao do that, I kind of was just pissed that he was doing that and just nudged him," Ngata said to the Baltimore Sun. "Kind of a heat-of-the-moment thing. That was the only thing. I was just trying to protect my player."
Ngata did not receive a penalty on the play but he could still face a fine from the league office.
"No disrespect to Shawn because we know each other," Ngata said. "It was the heat of the moment, and just was mad that he tried a late hit."
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