Monday August 25th, 2014

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said kicking Washington Redskins offensive guard Shawn Lauvao during Saturday's preseason game was in “the heat of the monument.” 

Ngata kicked Lauvao in the first quarter of Baltimore’s 23-17 victory after Lauvao blocked Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks at the end of a 19-yard run by Redskins running back Alfred Morris.

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"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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