Ziggy Ansah Injury: Updates on Lions DE's Concussion, Potential Return Date
After disappearing from Detroit Lions practice on Aug. 24, Ziggy Ansah's injury finally came to light when it was revealed the rookie out of BYU had a concussion, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman:
First #Lions injury report confirms rookie DE Ziggy Ansah has concussion. S Louis Delmas (knee) was limited. Only 2 names on report.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 4, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 6
From the Lions' official website:
Rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah was a full participant in practice Friday and is listed as probable for the game. That's certainly good news for a defensive line charged with stopping the league's No. 2 rushing attack last year on Sunday.
"I'm hopeful, but that is coach's decision," Ansah said in the locker room after practice when asked about his playing status.
The team's first-round pick suffered a concussion Aug. 24 after a helmet-to-helmet collision in a non-padded practice.
Ansah returned to practice for the first time Thursday as a limited participant.
"I just missed the game," Ansah said of his time away from practice. "I missed what I love to do."
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 7
From Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com:
Ziggy said it was the first concussion he's suffered and he "hopeful" to play Sunday but that's a "coaches decision". Injury report at 4.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 6, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 6:
The Detroit Lions' official website has the latest scoop on Ansah's status:
Rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah continues his steady climb back from a concussion with his second straight day of practice Friday.
Ansah suffered the injury Aug. 24 and returned to practice in a limited basis for the first time on Thursday. He participated in the both portions of practice open to the media on Thursday and Friday.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 5
From Chris McCosky of The Detroit News:
Ziggy Ansah had his helmet on and went through position drills. On track to play Sunday. Nobody sat out individuals— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) September 5, 2013
The nature of Ansah's injury was revealed just a day after Dave Birkett of USA Today reported Ansah had already returned to practice.
The fact that it is a concussion is not surprising. Speculation, as Birkett alluded to, was that the 24-year-old had suffered a concussion. However, this couldn't be confirmed because Lions coach Jim Schwartz, as Birkett also notes, had been directing reporters to Wednesday's injury report for answers regarding Ansah's injury.
The injury occurred in a non-contact practice when Ansah collided with offensive lineman Leroy Harris, and his lengthy absence is certainly not a cause for concern in itself. The Lions would be wise to take all precautions with the player they made the fifth overall selection in the past draft.
The fact that Ansah has returned to the practice field led Birkett to speculate that the rookie would likely be ready for the start of the season when the Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings.
Despite missing all those practice reps, Ansah will undoubtedly play a big role upon his return.
Expectations are on high for Ansah and his defensive-line mates.
He is joining a front four that includes Ndamukong Suh, Jason Jones and Nick Fairley. The success of the Lions' defense is going to hinge on that group dominating in the trenches to stifle the run and disrupt the passing game.
That will be much more conceivable with Ansah on the field.
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