Ngata could miss season

Updated: September 1, 2003, 1:51 AM ET

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is expected to miss at least four games after damaging his left knee in the first quarter of Saturday's win at Mississippi State, coach Mike Bellotti said.

Bellotti said Ngata could miss the rest of the season if surgery is needed.

Ngata, a sophomore, broke into the starting lineup in the fifth game last season. He made 44 tackles and blocked three kicks as he won honorable mention Pac-10 honors. ^

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