Ziggy Ansah Injury: Updates on Lions Star's Ankle and Return

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) during introductions for their game against the Denver Broncos at an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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Detroit Lions star pass-rusher Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans and hadn't played since. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Ansah Active vs. Rams

Sunday, Oct. 16

The Lions announced that Ansah was available to play in Week 6.

Latest on Ansah's Practice Status

Thursday, Oct. 13

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that Ansah was limited in practice on Wednesday.

Ansah One of NFL's Emerging Pass-Rushing Stars

Ansah was a solid performer through his first two seasons, racking up 15.5 sacks as he moved toward validating his status as a top-five draft pick in 2013.

When the Lions lost Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley last year, Ansah's role on the defensive line became even more important. He finished third in the league with 14.5 sacks in 2015, while no other Detroit player had more than seven, making him the clear leader on the defensive line.

The Lions are going through a transition period on offense as they try to replace wide receiver Calvin Johnson's production following his offseason retirement, which puts more pressure on the defense.

Keeping Ansah healthy would go a long way toward helping Detroit compete in an NFC North division that also features the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers

Ansah's ability to pressure the quarterback makes everything else work on the Detroit defense.