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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Haloti Ngata #92 of the Baltimore Ravens attempts to stop Kevin Faulk #33 of the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
He wore a white, sleeveless shirt bearing the slogan "Embrace the Grind." It's not as if Haloti Ngata had much other choice this season. There would be only one person who would blame the Baltimore Ravens star defensive tackle for sitting out games so his battered body could heal. That would be Ngata himself. So through injuries that would have sidelined others, Ngata has persevered. He has missed only one contest this season. Even then, Ngata was active, but his services weren't needed in last month's 55-20 blowout of Oakland. "Playing through injuries sucks, but I just don't want to leave our guys out there with me being pretty much the only (defensive lineman) that has been here longer than three years," Ngata told FOXSports.com before Wednesday's practice at Ravens headquarters. "I feel like I have to be out there and try to help as much as I can. "Playing injured probably wouldn't be the best thing for me or the team. But mentally, I think it's for the best." At this poin...
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