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Ziggy Ansah | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 275
College: Brigham Young
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (5) / DET
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Lions DE Ziggy Ansah said he thinks the ankle injury he suffered Week 2 will hamper him "all year."
Coming off 14.5 sacks last season, Ansah has zero takedowns in eight games this year. His ankle certainly has something to do with the decreased production. The sacks have not been there, but Ansah does have 10 hurries in the last five games according to PFF and almost had a strip sack on Thanksgiving. Those hurries should turn into takedowns eventually. Dec 2 - 6:44 PM

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Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is active for Week 6.

WLB DeAndre Levy (knee, quad) is still sidelined, but Ansah's return is a big boost for a defense which needs one. With Kerry Hyder playing surprisingly well, the Lions should be able to get pressure on Case Keenum.
Oct 16 - 11:39 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is questionable for Week 6.

Ansah looks on track to play after getting in limited work all week, but the Lions could take it slow with their star rusher. Ansah has not played since Week 2, and the defense has really struggled with him out.
Oct 14 - 6:11 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

Ansah has been sidelined since Week 2 with a high-ankle sprain. Coach Jim Caldwell said he "looked good" in practice, and a return this early in the week gives him a good shot to play. After struggling to get pressure the last several weeks, the defense will welcome him back with open arms.
Oct 13 - 10:51 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 5.

It's good news for Carson Wentz's matchup. Ansah has a high ankle sprain, and the Lions have provided no timetable for their best pass rusher to return.
Oct 7 - 4:25 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 4.

The Lions' best pass rusher is week to week with a high ankle sprain.
Sep 30 - 4:00 PM

Lions declared DE Ziggy Ansah, WLB DeAndre Levy, CB Adairius Barnes, LB Antwione Williams, OL Joe Dahl, OL Cornelius Lucas, and TE Orson Charles inactive for Week 3 against the Packers.

Kyle Van Noy (calf) will play, but the Lions are dangerously thin along the front seven. With the Packers also without five important defenders, this game has shootout potential.
Sep 25 - 11:34 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is expected to miss Week 4 against the Bears.

He's already been ruled out for Sunday's game in Green Bay. Ansah left last week's game against the Titans with a high-ankle sprain and will now get a second opinion on his MRI. There's no timetable for his return.
Sep 25 - 8:18 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3.

It's an upgrade to Aaron Rodgers' matchup. Ansah is Detroit's only legitimate edge-rush threat. The Lions will also be without WLB DeAndre Levy (quad).
Sep 23 - 4:06 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah will get a second opinion on his injured ankle.

That's never a good sign. Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to Tennessee and is likely facing a multi-week absence. Kerry Hyder will start in his place.
Sep 22 - 4:36 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Lions RE Ziggy Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 2 against the Titans.

Per RapSheet, Ansah will miss an "undetermined amount of time." If it's a true high-ankle sprain, Ansah will likely be out 2-4 weeks. But we've seen the term "high-ankle sprain" thrown around pretty loosely in recent years. Kerry Hyder saw extended run with Ansah out Sunday and already has three sacks.
Sep 19 - 7:54 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah left Sunday's Week 2 game with a left ankle injury.

Ansah could put little weight on the leg as he made his way off the field, and eventually retreated to the locker room. It's a big loss for the Lions.
Sep 18 - 1:13 PM

Lions DL coach Kris Kocurek believes 20 sacks is a realistic possibility for RE Ziggy Ansah.

"He runs, he's tough, those are special traits for a guy like that. A lot of times you see big guys, they take plays off. I've never seen the guy take a play off," DC Teryl Austin said. "He's got a lot of room for growth still." Ansah was third in the league with 14.5 sacks last season, 2.5 behind J.J. Watt for the NFL lead. Already 27, Ansah is knocking on the door of a monster pay day.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 3 - 12:49 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah hinted he's willing to play out the final two years of his deal without an extension.

Ansah is under contract for the next two seasons after the Lions exercised his fifth-year team option. "As of right now, I think you’ve got to take it step by step," Ansah said. "You’ve got to see how this season goes, and I’m just looking forward as far as having a great season for the team." Ansah has notched at least 7.5 sacks in each of his first three NFL campaigns, exploding for 14.5 last year. If the Lions don't lock him up this summer, it will likely be a lot more difficult in 2017.
May 5 - 2:21 PM

Lions exercised DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option for 2017.

The option will be worth $12.7 million, a relative pittance for one of the most productive pass rushers in the game. Ansah has 30 sacks since entering the league as the No. 5 overall pick in 2013 including 14.5 last season. Despite the skyrocketing value of pass rushers, the Lions are reportedly not interested in signing Ansah to a long-term extension this offseason. If he puts up another double-digit sack campaign, that decision could end up looking foolish.
May 2 - 11:08 AM

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