Seahawks DE Ziggy Ansah out for game with neck injury
Ziggy Ansah’s troubling inability to stay healthy continues. In the third quarter of their Wild Card bout with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end left the game due to a neck injury. He will not return, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Ziggy Ansah is out with a neck injury.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2020
Before the injury, the Seahawks defensive end tallied one tackle. On the season, Ansah recorded 2.5 sacks, 12 solo tackles and two forced fumbles in 11 games played.
Ansah signed with the Seahawks in the offseason after six seasons with the Detroit Lions, who selected him in the top-five of the 2013 NFL Draft out of BYU. The Seahawks signed the 30-year-old pass-rusher to a one-year deal worth $9 million.
Ansah has struggled with injuries for much of his NFL career. He has played just two full seasons. In his second full season played (2015), he broke-out, tallying 14.5 sacks and 34 quarterback hits with the Lions. He would not have double-digit sacks until 2017 when he compiled 12 in 14 games played.
The Seahawks did n0t unleash Ansah alongside Jadeveon Clowney as they hoped to. Both struggled with injuries throughout the season, rarely seeing playing time on the field, in turn, not gaining the time to gel.
For the rest of the Seahawks’ playoff bout with the Eagles, they will rely on Clowney for much of the pass rush. Rasheem Green and Branden Jackson are their only backup pass rushers listed at defensive end. Shaqueem Griffin could also see an uptick in snaps as a situational edge rusher.
Perhaps the Seahawks defense will get a bit more creative with Ansah out. Either way, they need to find a way to consistently get to Josh McCown, who is filling in for the injured Carson Wentz.