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Seahawks’ Ziggy Ansah dealing with groin injury

Ziggy Ansah, Seahawks

Originally, a shoulder injury had the Week 1 status of Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah up in the air, but now, he has another issue on top of that.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says Ansah has been dealing with a groin injury, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

Carroll says the issue is not major but that it will “take a little time” for Ansah to return.

This is obviously bad news for Seattle, especially since Ansah seemed to be making great progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery. There seemed to be a distinct possibility that he could play in the season opener next month.

The Seahawks signed Ansah earlier this offseason after trading Frank Clark, the team’s top pass rusher from a year ago, to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ansah played in just seven games with the Detroit Lions in 2018 due to the shoulder problem, logging 11 tackles and four sacks.

The 30-year-old, who played collegiate football at BYU, was originally selected by the Lions with the fifth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He played in 14 games during his rookie campaign, totaling 30 tackles, eight sacks and a couple of forced fumbles. Then, the following season, Ansah appeared in all 16 contests and registered 51 tackles, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

The Ghana native then broke out in 2015, racking up 47 tackles, 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. He took a major step back in 2016, recording just 35 tackles and two sacks in 13 games, but he rebounded in 2017, posting 44 tackles, 12 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.