Ziggy Ansah cleared to start practicing

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The Lions haven’t had their 2013 first-round pick Ziggy Ansah on the field at training camp yet, but that is changing on Tuesday.

They’ll practice on Tuesday night and Ansah will be eligible to join them after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Ansah was placed on the list as he continued his recovery from offseason surgery to correct a shoulder problem that Ansah was dealing with before joining the Lions.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press calls it “unlikely” that Ansah will play in this Friday’s game against the Raiders, but he could be ready to go for the team’s third preseason game and has a lot of time to get himself into game shape by the start of the regular season.

Ansah had eight sacks and two forced fumbles during his rookie season and the Lions will be looking for even more from him as they try to get back on track after the sluggish end to their regular season in 2013.