Ziggy Ansah only an observer at Tuesday’s practice

AP

The Lions haven’t said whether or not rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah suffered a concussion more than a week ago, but the speculation won’t be stopping after Ansah sat out another practice on Tuesday.

Ansah was in attendance at the team’s practice, however, and watched as his fellow defensive linemen were put through their paces. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that it was Ansah’s first time on the field in even that role in nine days and referred to it as an “encouraging sign” even though coach Jim Schwartz offered no updates on Ansah’s condition when he lumped him in with the other injured players who will be listed on Wednesday’s injury report.

“We’ll get all those guys back as quick as we can,” Schwartz said. “I think we’ll be fairly healthy going into the first game, about the best we could expect coming out of training camp. But as coaches we’re ready to go any direction if we have to.”

Schwartz did say that he wasn’t worried about Ansah having missed too many reps to jump back into things if he gets a clean bill of health, so a return to practice for Ansah would bode well for his chances of playing. If he can’t, Willie Young would likely get the start in Ansah’s place.