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Banged-up Ngata progressively returning to form

OWINGS MILLS - Haloti Ngata hustled down field in pursuit of a scrambling Robert Griffin III, eventually catching up about 15 yards past the line of scrimmage and delivering a crushing shot to Griffin's midsection as the quarterback cut back toward the middle of the field.

Limited by a sprained right knee and injured right shoulder since the early part of October, Ngata has begun to progressively return to form in recent weeks.

The Pro Bowl defensive tackle has 14 tackles and a sack in the Ravens' last four games after being sidelined for Baltimore's win against the Raiders in Week 10.

He injured his knee against the Cowboys in Week 6 and had just two total tackles in the two games that followed prior to missing the win against Oakland.

Ngata had five tackles against the Redskins last week, including the big hit on Griffin. He was on the field for 63 of Baltimore's 72 defensive snaps against Washington.

"If Haloti [Ngata] can get to the level that we are accustomed to seeing him play at with being healthy, that would be a big boost for us," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I think he's really getting close. ... He played really well last week. If he can take that a notch up this week, that's big for our team."

Ngata has 46 tackles and four sacks this season, although 30 of the tackles and three of the sacks came prior to injuring his knee against Dallas.

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