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Seahawks’ Pete Carroll says Ziggy Ansah expected to be ready for Week 1

Ziggy Ansah, Lions

The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive end Ziggy Ansah knowing that he likely wouldn’t be around for the team’s training camp.

With Ansah currently nursing a shoulder injury, however, the team is now optimistic that the talented defensive player will be available for the Seahawks opening game of the season.

Making an appearance on KJR radio today, Pete Carroll said that the expectation is now that Ziggy Ansah will be ready when the Seahawks take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.

According to Carroll, the team is now actually “counting” on him being there.

“Oh, sure. We’re counting on it,” Carroll said via Pro Football Talk. “I’m counting that he’s going to make it. I don’t see any reason that he wouldn’t. He’s doing great, has made progress throughout, did more again yesterday and he’ll continue to do that. I’m not really concerned about the preseason games for him. I just want to get him to game time if we can. Hopefully in the next couple weeks he’ll be able to practice and do everything and he’ll have a couple good weeks of practicing with us at full tempo and that will get him ready for the season.”

An extremely talented pass-rushing presence, Ansah was only able to play in seven games last year for the Detroit Lions, tallying four sacks before getting injured.

With defensive end Frank Clark now gone from Seattle, the Seahawks are expecting both Ansah and L.J. Collier to be a big part of their defensive rebuild, and help lead the team back to another Super Bowl run.