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Seahawks’ Pete Carroll says ‘really good chance’ Ziggy Ansah will play vs. Saints

Ziggy Ansah

The Seattle Seahawks have managed to pull out a couple of nail-biters to start the 2019 NFL season. Head coach Pete Carroll is hoping to be at full strength against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah has spent the offseason recovering from shoulder surgery and a groin injury he suffered in training camp. Carroll said during an appearance on 710 ESPN that he is expecting him to be available at home against the Saints, via Adam Jude of The Seattle Times.

“We are counting on him having a big week and getting back,” Carroll said.

Carroll added that he is looking forward to seeing Ansah join defensive end Jadveon Clowney on the edge.

“He’s going to be a factor now,” Carroll added. “Big dude. Same kind of look as ‘JD’, but they’re different. They’re not the same player — same size and length … and I think they’re going to be a real good complement for each other.”

There is certainly good reason for Carroll to be excited. The Seahawks put an emphasis on shoring up their pass rush by signing Ansah to a one-year, $9 million this offseason. They then made a splash by giving up little in the deal to acquire Clowney and will now have an opportunity to see their new pair of edge rushers in the mix for the first time this season.

Week 3 will provide a quality opportunity for Ansah to find his footing. The Saints are coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, however, they face much more pressing concerns with quarterback Drew Brees expected to miss a good portion of the season with a thumb injury. As a result, New Orleans will be relying on backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the time being.