Ngata retaliated to stick up for his teammate after Lauvao stuck Franks a bit late.
"When I saw Lauvao do that, I kind of was just pissed that he was doing that and just nudged him," Ngata said. "Kind of a heat-of-the-moment thing. That was the only thing. I was just trying to protect my player."
Ngata wasn't penalized on the play and Lauvao didn't look like he got hurt during the exchange. However, Ngata could still face a fine from the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct.
"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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