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Ziggy Ansah good to go for Lions


Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah is good to go for Sunday’s opener against the Vikings.

Ansah, who suffered a concussion on August 24, was a full participant in practice today and is listed as probable. Ansah’s concussion happened when he and a teammate accidentally collided in what was supposed to be a non-contact practice.

The No. 5 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, Ansah is expected to start at right defensive end on Sunday, and his ability to bring pressure on Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will be a key for the Lions’ defense. Before the concussion, Ansah was playing well in the preseason: He intercepted Mark Sanchez and returned the pick for a touchdown in the preseason opener against the Jets, and although he didn’t have any highlight reel plays in the second preseason game, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Ansah actually improved overall in the second week of the preseason.

Two other defensive starters, safety Louis Delmas and defensive end Jason Jones, are also listed as probable on the Lions’ injury report. Both players are dealing with knee injuries but should be good to go on Sunday as well.

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13 Responses to “Ziggy Ansah good to go for Lions”
  1. lionsblood73 says: Sep 6, 2013 4:23 PM

    That is great news Now go out there and get you some Ponder!

  2. blacknole08 says: Sep 6, 2013 4:33 PM

    For some reason this pick of Ansah reminds me of Akuma from Street Fighter.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 6, 2013 4:39 PM

    Ponder will have 250 yards and two touchdowns this Sunday.

  4. Stupid Lions Fan says: Sep 6, 2013 4:48 PM


  5. ocdn says: Sep 6, 2013 4:52 PM

    I’m a Lions fan and I’m having a friend, who’s a Vikings fan, come over on Sunday and we’re both going to watch a good game and enjoy it……….no matter the out come.

  6. Norseman says: Sep 6, 2013 4:55 PM

    Matt Kalil will give Ziggy a hard welcome to the NFL.

  7. simplesimon1 says: Sep 6, 2013 5:02 PM

    @Rick Speilman:

    You may be right. I’m not into making predictions on my Lions team. I have nothing to base anything off of yet and they were bad last year.

    I would say, however, that if Ponder can’t throw to the WR’s they have now, with Rudolph at TE and the incredible AP in the backfield, he really is not a good QB. If any team should be able to move the ball effiiently it is the Vikings.

    We’ll see….. one thing is absolutely for sure though. He will have major pressure. We’re about to find out if he can handle it or not.

  8. simplesimon1 says: Sep 6, 2013 5:13 PM


    Ziggy is a rookie and there will be bumps. But you’re dreaming to think that it won’t be a great battle. There is no way Ziggy gets owned by Kalil. He hasn’t been owned by anybody he’s gone up against yet in the 3 games he’s played and he went up against better than Kalil.

  9. joninflorida says: Sep 6, 2013 5:22 PM

    “Ponder will have 250 yards and two touchdowns this Sunday”

    Those are about year to date career stats for Ponder – I think he will ponder retirement when the Lions D-line has him making even more mistakes than his miserable and typical play.

  10. warhammer420 says: Sep 6, 2013 5:29 PM

    Oh hell yeah! I was worried he wouldn’t be cleared for the game. He had some nice plays in preseason. Looking forward to seeing what he can do now that it’s for reals.

  11. renmasters says: Sep 6, 2013 7:55 PM

    I’m glad to see the way things are shaping up for this Lion’s season. Good news on the health front and Suh stepping up to be a leader. Lions hope and having football back is a great way to start the fall!!!

  12. funktron2x says: Sep 6, 2013 8:12 PM

    @Rick: That sounds about right for Ponder. He’s sure to finally find some success in the fourth quarter in meaningless garbage time.

  13. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 6, 2013 10:53 PM

    funktron2x says:Sep 6, 2013 8:12 PM

    @Rick: That sounds about right for Ponder. He’s sure to finally find some success in the fourth quarter in meaningless garbage time.

    I don’t think so. We’ll probably have Toby Gerhart running out the clock in garbage time.

    @simplesimon1 – You’re right. If Ponder can’t get it done this year, it’s over. Too many people have decided he can’t do it before giving him a chance, though.

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