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Ziggy Ansah is expected to be fully cleared in August

Ziggy Ansah, Lions

Free-agent defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah is expected to be fully cleared by August as a result of recovering from shoulder surgery, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Ansah, who met with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, played in just seven games with the Detroit Lions this past season before being placed on the injured reserve list in mid-December. He initially injured his shoulder in Week 1 and then missed the next six contests before returning in Week 9. He then re-aggravated the injury.

During the time that Ansah was actually on the field in 2018, he registered 11 tackles and four sacks.

The 29-year-old played his collegiate football at BYU and was originally selected by the Lions with the fifth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He had a solid rookie campaign, totaling 30 tackles, eight sacks and a couple of forced fumbles. Then, the following season, Ansah posted 51 tackles, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in another impressive year.

However, he did not really break out until his third season in the league, when he racked up 47 stops, 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Ansah then had a strangely unproductive season the following year, recording just 35 tackles and two sacks, but he rebounded in 2017, logging 44 tackles, 12 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

If he is able to get healthy, he will certainly be a low-risk, potentially high-reward pickup for some team in need of a pass rusher. With the Ravens losing several defensive players to free agency this offseason, Baltimore could be a good fit.