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Ezekiel Ansah | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 275
College: Brigham Young
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (5) / DET
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The Detroit Free Press considers contract-year DE Ezekiel Ansah a candidate for a one-year, prove-it deal.
Ansah is having a down 2017 and has struggled with injuries the last two seasons. He should still push for $10-plus million on his next deal, but may need to reestablish his value to get multiple years of guaranteed money. Ansah isn't going to be franchised at an $18M salary. Nov 17 - 7:14 PM

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team is going "week to week and see what happens, day to day" with Ezekiel Ansah (back).

Ansah sat out practice Wednesday after missing his first game of the season last week against Cleveland. Slowed by knee and back injuries all year, Ansah has just four sacks with three of those coming in the same game. It may be in the Lions' best interest to give their star pass rusher some time to get healthy.
Source: ESPN
Nov 16 - 11:26 AM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (back) is doubtful for Week 10 against the Browns.

He didn't practice all week with his back injury. It's another setback in a down season for Ansah, who has just one sack since Week 2. Cornelius Washington and Jeremiah Valoaga will pick up Ansah's snaps.
Nov 10 - 3:14 PM

Ziggy Ansah (back) didn't practice on Wednesday.

This is a new injury for Ansah, who has also dealt with knee and ankle issues this year. The fifth-year defensive end has recorded 18 tackles and four sacks across 293 defensive snaps this season.
Nov 8 - 6:57 PM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah thinks he is still the "same" player he was in 2015.

Ansah broke out with 14.5 sacks in a Pro-Bowl 2015, but he has just six takedowns in 19 games since with three of those coming against Ereck Flowers in Week 2. Injuries likely deserve most of the blame for his downturn -- he was hampered by an ankle injury all last season and a knee issue this year -- but one and a half seasons of limited production is concerning regardless of the reason. Scheduled to be a free agent this spring, both the Lions and Ansah need him to finish strong.
Source: ESPN
Oct 26 - 9:32 AM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (questionable, knee) is expected to play Sunday against the Falcons.

It confirms Ansah didn't have any setbacks after a week of limited practice. With the Falcons offensive line banged up, Ansah should continue to build off his three-sack Week 2.
Sep 24 - 8:45 AM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (knee) is active for Week 2 against the Giants.

He was the only Lions player listed questionable. Maybe the Giants' inept offensive line will help jumpstart Ansah. Inactive for Detroit is CB Teez Tabor, WR Jared Abbrederis, LB Nick Bellore, RB Zach Zenner, RB Tion Green, OG Zac Kerin, and OT Emmett Cleary. Dwayne Washington is the No. 3 RB.
Sep 18 - 7:02 PM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday night's Week 2 game against the Giants.

Ansah was limited in practice, but will continue to play through his knee injury. He has a plus matchup against a Giants offensive line that allowed three sacks last week. Ansah should see an increase from the 34 snaps he played in the season opener.
Sep 16 - 2:06 PM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (knee, ankle) is active for Week 1 against the Cardinals.

Ansah missed training camp with an ankle injury, but he is listed with a knee issue on the injury report. Either way, he is ready to go against Arizona. With no other real pass-rushing threat, the Lions need Ansah to have a bounce-back season.
Sep 10 - 11:34 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is questionable for Week 1 against the Cardinals.

Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and Corey Robinson (foot) also drew the questionable tag. Ansah is likely to play on Sunday but could be on a snap count after missing all of camp with a high-ankle sprain.
Sep 8 - 4:11 PM

Lions activated RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) from active/PUP.

It's unclear if he'll be ready for Week 1 after missing all of camp and preseason due to a high-ankle sprain, but if he's not 100 percent, Ansah is real close. Entering a contract year, Ansah needs to have a big bounce-back season after just two sacks in 2016. The Lions are banking on Ansah keying their pass rush.
Sep 1 - 3:03 PM

The Lions still expect DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle, PUP) to be ready for Week 1.

The Lions have insisted all August that Ansah will be ready. There are 12 days between now and the Lions' opener. Ansah was slowed by a high-ankle sprain in 2016, playing just 13 games. 2017 is his age-28 season.
Aug 29 - 2:30 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin said he is not worried about DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle, active/PUP).

Ansah was placed on the active/PUP at the beginning of camp in what was thought to be a precautionary move, but the defensive end remains there heading into the third preseason game. The Lions have not seemed concerned, but their pass rush is in dire straits after losing Kerry Hyder to an Achilles' tear. They absolutely need Ansah to stay healthy and rediscover his 2015 form.
Aug 22 - 12:47 PM

Lions placed RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) on the active/PUP list.

His absence is considered precautionary. Ansah missed time with a high-ankle sprain last year and was limited during OTAs. Coming off a career-worst two sacks in 2016, Ansah is owed $12.734 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 30 - 9:52 AM

The Lions have yet to open extension talks with contract-year RE Ziggy Ansah.

The Lions want to lock up Ansah, but there’s been no progress to this point. Things should heat up closer to training camp. Ansah would cost $16.9 million if franchised in 2018.
Apr 7 - 8:02 PM

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