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Ezekiel Ansah | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 275
College: Brigham Young
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (5) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Lions declared DE Ezekiel Ansah, RB Ameer Abdullah, OL Jamil Demby, OL Andrew Donnal, G T.J. Lang, WR Brandon Powell and TE Hakeem Valles inactive for Week 2 against the 49ers.
This comes as somewhat of a surprise after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport had previously reported Ansah was expected to play. His absence is good news for Jimmy Garoppolo. RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and QB Matthew Stafford (shin) are both active for Detroit. Sep 16 - 2:42 PM

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Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (questionable, shoulder) is expected to play Week 2 against the 49ers.

Ansah saw his practice reps rationed this week while nursing a shoulder injury, but there was never much doubt about his status for Sunday's game in San Francisco. Teammate LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) is also expected to get the green light for Week 2.
Sep 16 - 8:02 AM

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) is questionable for Week 2 against the 49ers.

Ansah got in a week of limited practice. He should play through his shoulder injury from Monday night. It's a downgrade to Jimmy Garoppolo's matchup.
Sep 14 - 4:35 PM

Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

He exited with a shoulder injury in Monday night's loss to the Jets but his MRI came back clean. Ansah's presence at practice would suggest he's on track to play against the Niners in Week 2. The 29-year-old led Detroit with 12 sacks last season and supplied one takedown in last week's opener.
Sep 12 - 5:45 PM

Lions RE Ezekiel Ansah's (shoulder) MRI came back negative.

Ansah left the Monday night beatdown at the hands of the Jets in the first half. He's now "hopeful" to play on the road against the Niners in Week 2.
Sep 12 - 3:29 PM

Lions RE Ezekiel Ansah exited Monday night's Week 1 game against the Jets with a shoulder injury.

Ansah had shoulder surgery after his 2013 rookie season and battled hamstring issues last year. That's the extent of his previous injury history.
Sep 10 - 8:29 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports Ezekiel Ansah's stay on the active/PUP list was related to his hamstring and not his offseason knee surgery.

Ansah apparently injured his hamstring during his conditioning test. He was cleared to resume practicing on Monday. We suppose it's a good thing it wasn't Ansah's knee that had him on the shelf, though his hammy now joins his back, ankle and knee as body parts that have been injured over the past two years.
Aug 7 - 6:51 PM

Lions removed Ezekiel Ansah (knee) from the active/PUP.

Ansah was sidelined early in camp as he recovered from offseason knee surgery, but he was never expected to miss much time. He will likely be held out of the first preseason contest, but he should be 100 percent well before Week 1.
Aug 6 - 9:14 AM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports DE Ezekiel Ansah (active/PUP, knee) isn't expected to miss much of training camp.

Ansah is still recovering from knee surgery this spring. The Lions placed him on the PUP list as a precautionary move. There's no concern over Ansah's Week 1 status.
Jul 27 - 6:17 PM

Lions placed DE Ezekiel Ansah (knee surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Ansah went under the knife "earlier this spring." The Lions haven't provided a timetable for his recovery. For now, Ansah should be considered week to week.
Jul 24 - 2:55 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions and franchise-tagged DE Ezekiel Ansah are not expected to reach a deal prior to Monday's deadline.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the same over the weekend. Although Ansah recorded 12 sacks last season, nine of those came in three games, and injuries continue to be a real concern. He is easily their biggest talent on the defensive line, but it makes sense for Detroit to take a wait-and-see approach. Playing under the tag, Ansah will earn $17.143 million this season, his age-29 campaign.
Jul 16 - 8:53 AM

Lions signed franchise player DE Ezekiel Ansah to a one-year, $17.143 million contract.

He signed his franchise tender just in time for the start of offseason workouts. Ansah is back as Detroit's top pass-rusher after leading the team with 12 sacks last season. The Lions have until July 16 to reach a long-term deal with Ansah, who turns 29 next month.
Apr 17 - 3:37 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ezekiel Ansah is expected to sign his franchise tender and report for offseason work on Tuesday.

Ansah is returning from Ghana on Monday and will report for work on Tuesday. When he signs his tender, he will be owed $17.143 million for the 2018 season. He and the Lions have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal.
Apr 16 - 10:16 AM

The Detroit News' Justin Rogers reports DE Ziggy Ansah won't be with the Lions due to family obligations when the team reports for workouts Monday.

Ansah is still in Ghana but has kept the front office, including head coach Matt Patricia, in the loop. Expectation is that Ansah joins the team shortly. He still may decide to skip part of the offseason program when he returns due to contract talks, but he is not expected to hold out into training camp. Ansah will make $17.143 million in 2018 if he plays under the tag.
Apr 8 - 2:42 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reports the Lions and franchise-tagged DE Ezekiel Ansah "remain far apart" in contract talks.

The two sides are far enough apart "people close to Ansah remain convinced he'll play this fall on the one-year tag," Birkett added. The pass rusher has yet to sign his franchise tender and may decide to skip part of the offseason program, but he is not expected to hold out into training camp. Ansah will make $17.143 million in 2018 if he plays under the tag.
Mar 29 - 11:44 AM

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DE1Ezekiel Ansah
2Kerry Hyder
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3Da'shawn Hand
4Ricky Jean-Francois
MLB1Jarrad Davis
WLB1Christian Jones
2Marquis Flowers
SLB1Devon Kennard
2Eli Harold
OLB1Romeo Okwara
CB1Darius Slay
2Nevin Lawson
3Teez Tabor
4Jamal Agnew
5Dee Virgin
FS1Glover Quin
2Tavon Wilson
3Tracy Walker
SS1Quandre Diggs
2Miles Killebrew
3Charles Washington
P1Sam Martin