Lions place Ziggy Ansah on injured reserve
The Detroit Lions are trekking through yet another disappointing campaign. It has also been an equally as frustrating a campaign for defensive end Ziggy Ansah as he has been hindered by a nagging shoulder injury. This has now taken yet another discouraging turn as Ansah has been placed on the injured reserve that will effectively end his 2018 campaign, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
The Lions placed DE Ziggy Ansah on injured reserve. He's scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 11, 2018
Ansah had only taken the field for seven games where he has tallied 12 total tackles with 4.0 sacks. He has been ailed by the shoulder injury for the last several weeks but was able to take the field against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday where he recorded a pair of tackles in the 17-3 win.
The 29-year-old had been placed under the $17.1 million franchise tag for the 2018 season with plans for him to prove that he could both continue to play at a high level and stay healthy. It didn’t quite work out in the manner that he hoped as his nagging health issues prevented him from putting together another strong campaign. Instead, this could play against him in hopes of securing a lucrative long-term extension with the Lions or possibly another team due to his struggles to stay on the field.
When healthy, he has proven to be a game-changing talent as he was coming off a productive 2017 campaign where he finished tied for eighth in the league with 12.0 sacks with 44 total tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in 14 games. This included three separate games with three sacks, pushing his career total to four such performance tying him with Robert Porcher for the most in franchise history.
Ansah will use the next few months to recover from his lingering injury while directing his attention over to the next offseason where he hopes to garner a new major contract.