Lions DE Ziggy Ansah feels ‘amazing’ now he’s back on the field
It has been a frustrating start to the year for Detriot Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah in his constant dealings with a nagging shoulder injury.
However, Ansah has moved past a shoulder injury that has limited his availability on the field with him as he was able to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. According to Carlos Monarrez of The Detroit Free Press, the 29-year-old has been quite encouraged by his improving health that has finally let him get back into the mix.
“I feel amazing,” he said Monday in the Lions’ locker room.
“Yeah, I’ve just been working hard every day just to be able to be out there with my teammates,” he said. “And I’m just happy I was able to be out there yesterday.”
Ansah has played in just two games this season as he has been limited by injuries throughout the 2018 campaign. Prior to Sunday’s game, Ansah had last played in the season opener against the New York Jets that forced him to miss six straight contests.
He was able to play 12 snaps against the Vikings where he had one sack while most of his work came on third downs in passing situations. The fact that he was able to play without any setbacks occurring is an encouraging sign for him moving forward that will see him get more playing time that will allow him to make a bigger impact on the field, especially in pass-rush situations.
Detroit has had some effective play in that department in his absence ranking seventh in the league with 24.0 sacks with linebacker Devon Kennard and defensive end Romeo Okwara have combined for 10.0 sacks.
Ansah is currently playing under the franchise tag worth $17.1 million for the 2018 season, which has put a great amount of importance for him to finish out the year strong.