Originally Posted by wags
...Ngata is also coming off a major knee injury, the same as Payne...
His injury was in the 2003 opener (September) so he has had a year & a half to recover and has played a full season since then (2004). It has been stated frequently in this forum that it takes a year or two for a NT to develope. He is sufficently "back from his injury" to serve in a back-up role his rookie season.