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Speculation persists that Ansah has a concussion

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The Lions still aren’t saying whether rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah suffered a concussion at some point in the past week or so.  But there’s still no sign of the fifth overall pick in the draft.

Via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News, the latest evidence comes via Ansah’s absence from the team’s annual kickoff luncheon on Wednesday afternoon.

Ansah has missed three straight practices, and coach Jim Schwartz has exercised his prerogative to say nothing about any player injury prior to the Wednesday preceding the regular-season opener.

When it comes to concussions, maybe the NFL should have a different approach.  Last year, the Redskins were able to conceal a concussion sustained by linebacker London Fletcher.  While the rules permit concealment of any and all preseason injuries, external scrutiny of the manner in which teams and players handle concussions is necessary, given the way concussions allegedly, reportedly, and/or actually have been mishandled in the past.

This isn’t about strategic considerations or ensuring a level playing field for gamblers.  Concussions have become one of the most significant injuries in all of football.  The NFL fails in its objective to encourage openness and candor on concussions at all levels of football by giving its teams the ability in the preseason to hide the fact that a player has suffered one.

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22 Responses to “Speculation persists that Ansah has a concussion”
  1. irishgary says: Aug 29, 2013 7:17 AM

    Schwartz hasn’t answered because of his multiple concussions, the question is to complicated for him.

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 29, 2013 7:27 AM

    He looks hilarious.

  3. davefu50 says: Aug 29, 2013 7:38 AM

    Given the Lions track record in dealing with concussions, particularly Jahvid Best, why don’t the Lions deserve the benefit of the doubt. The only people that gain from that knowledge are opponents and oddsmakers.

  4. allhailkingflacco says: Aug 29, 2013 7:41 AM

    There should be full disclosure 1st thing Monday morning each and every week with regard to injuries, pre and reg. season.

    This whole thing with hiding injuries for a strategic advantage is ridiculous.

  5. sgtdiver says: Aug 29, 2013 8:14 AM

    I believe the injury happened in the following practice from a guard.

  6. izlez says: Aug 29, 2013 8:15 AM

    -If he has a concussion, it was suffered in practice, not the preseason game.

    -He’s sitting out practice, not going to luncheons….clearly taking it easy, so I don’t know where your little rant on letting it be known to everyone for the safety of his life comes from.

  7. noeffinway says: Aug 29, 2013 8:21 AM

    umm, this possible concussion did not happen in a game, he was hit hard in practice by Harris his teammate who is an o-lineman.

  8. officialgame says: Aug 29, 2013 8:46 AM

    Maybe he just forgot what time practice started.

  9. onlythebest36 says: Aug 29, 2013 8:58 AM

    Oh well, I’m sure he’ll be ready for week one and get a couple personal fouls to impress his coach.

  10. abninf says: Aug 29, 2013 9:34 AM

    He looks like a female.

  11. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 29, 2013 10:09 AM

    davefu50 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 7:38 AM
    Given the Lions track record in dealing with concussions, particularly Jahvid Best, why don’t the Lions deserve the benefit of the doubt. The only people that gain from that knowledge are opponents and oddsmakers.

    Couldn’t have said it any better myself. It’s so ridiculous to me how the media thinks that they’re owed an answer to every single question that they have and when they don’t get it they act all butt hurt. Why in the world would Schwartz answer these questions when he doesn’t have to and it’s of absolutely no benefit for him to do so?

  12. Stupid Lions Fan says: Aug 29, 2013 10:15 AM

    The dude misses a few practices and a lunch and media trolls are circling for conspiracy theory’s. The age we live in, smh

  13. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:27 AM

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Yours is wrong.

  14. purpleguy says: Aug 29, 2013 10:40 AM

    He’s been out looking for Titus Young.

  15. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 29, 2013 11:12 AM

    purpleguy says:
    Aug 29, 2013 10:40 AM
    He’s been out looking for Titus Young.

    purpleguy I seriously can’t wait for week one. Your obsession with the Lions and the fact that you feel compelled to comment on almost every post about them is hilarious.
    I’m sure it won’t deter you when the Lions destroy your team but at least it will make you sound all than much more ridiculous.
    Just to remind you one more time: Christian Ponder is your quarterback.

  16. flyeredup says: Aug 29, 2013 12:13 PM

    Mark it down, this guy will be a bust

  17. haywoodjablowme1 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:20 PM

    Concussions are no big deal, every player gets at least one concussion every single game

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    In picture, Ziggy is looking at himself on the big stadium screen and trying to figure out who it is.

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 29, 2013 1:22 PM

    They haven’t been able to locate his brain to do a scan.

  20. zeeman911 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    Lions luck would be that he thought he had a concussion, then he went in and found out he has a brain tumor and 6 months to live…..

  21. deltaoracle says: Aug 29, 2013 3:47 PM

    … because he keeps zagging when he should be zigging.

  22. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Aug 29, 2013 7:32 PM

    He must have a concussion, look at his hair in the photo. No one in their right mind would sport that fro. Loos like he combed his hair with a fire cracker.

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