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Ziggy Ansah | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 271
College: Brigham Young
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Lions second-year RE Ziggy Ansah will be moved around more in new DC Teryl Austin's defense.
"I like the changes we have now," Ansah said. "I don’t always have to be on the right side. I can get up and move around and drop into coverage." Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last season despite playing limited snaps. He should see his role on defense increase this season, and is a good bet to break the double-digit sack barrier. Jul 10 - 10:35 AM

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Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) hasn't participated in any offseason practices, as expected.

Ansah underwent offseason surgery to his shoulder, a preexisting injury the Lions knew about when they took him fifth overall in 2013. He's expected to be ready for Week 1 and continue to trend up as a building block. Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last year and was effective against the run.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 4 - 12:40 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) won't be ready when the Lions open OTAs in two weeks.

Ansah is taking it slow as he recovers from surgery, but should be fine for Week 1. Despite battling ankle, shoulder and bicep issues last season, he led all rookies with eight sacks while standing tall against the run. Ansah is just scratching the surface of his potential.
Mar 26 - 10:35 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah is recovering from shoulder surgery, but is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Ansah's timeline is vague, as FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports he "should" be ready for the regular season. That would suggest a serious operation, but it's quite possible Ansah will be back to 100 percent well before Week 1. For now, he should be considered doubtful for OTAs. Raw coming out of BYU last season, Ansah ended up leading all rookies with eight sacks. Although his development is ahead of schedule, Ansah would still benefit from a full offseason.
Feb 20 - 4:20 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed the Lions will continue to work in Wide-9 defensive concepts.

Ex-coach Jim Schwartz and DL coach Jim Washburn popularized the Wide-9 while with the Titans. Washburn was brought over to Detroit, and Caldwell has retained him and Kris Kocurek as DL coaches. The Wide-9 requires defensive ends to line up outside the tight ends and changes the angles opposing offensive tackles have to block at. RE Ziggy Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks in 2013.
Jan 21 - 10:14 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks in 2013.

Ansah was widely viewed as "raw" coming out of BYU with only three years of football-playing experience, but he displayed a strong all-around game as a rookie, defending the run even better than he rushed the passer. Ansah finished with seven additional tackles for loss and a pair of forced fumbles. The 24-year-old is an obvious building block for Detroit's future.
Jan 3 - 1:30 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) is active for Monday night's Week 15 game against the Ravens.

Ansah was listed as questionable after he went down in the second half of last week's game in Philadelphia. He'll see a lot of Ravens LT Eugene Monroe.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 07:16:00 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah sustained a shoulder injury during Sunday's Week 14 loss at Philadelphia.

Ansah went down in the second half and was not available to return. "It doesn't look like it's long term, but we'll have to see," coach Jim Schwartz said. Ansah already missed a chunk of games this year after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 8.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 08:48:00 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) had two sacks in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Bucs.

It was Ansah's first game since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in the Week 8 win over the Cowboys. The No. 5 overall pick immediately provided a spark to a struggling pass rush and now has five sacks on the season.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is expected to return for Week 12.

Ansah was able to through a full warmup prior to the loss at Pittsburgh Sunday, even firing off the line on pass-rush drills. Coach Jim Schwartz said the No. 5 overall pick was "close."
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 08:59:00 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) is not expected to play this week against the Steelers.

Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 8 and will miss his second consecutive game. Devin Taylor and Willie Young will be the Lions' starting ends Sunday. Ansah has registered 19 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 10:14:00 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah was spotted with a walking boot on his left ankle Tuesday.

Ansah went down in Detroit's Week 8 win over the Cowboys. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported last week that Ansah's injury was "minor," but the presence of a boot nine days after the fact doesn't support that. It's possible Ansah is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. We'll learn more when the Lions return to practice on Wednesday.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 01:36:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Lions RE Ziggy Ansah's ankle injury is "minor."

It would appear Ansah has avoided a high-ankle sprain. With the Lions on bye for Week 9, Ansah should be ready to return in Week 10 against the Bears.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 03:33:00 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah was forced from Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a left ankle injury, and is questionable to return.

Ansah got rolled up early in the first half, and appeared to be significantly hobbled. His return is likely more doubtful than questionable. Devin Taylor is now in the game at right end.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 02:23:00 PM

Lions rookie RE Ziggy Ansah (abdomen) was a limited participant in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 4.

He remains on track to play in Sunday's matchup with the Bears. Ansah already has 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks through the first three weeks.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 08:18:00 PM

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