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Seahawks’ Ziggy Ansah won’t practice until start of training camp

Ezekiel Ansah

Ziggy Ansah still isn’t healthy enough to take the field, and it’s unclear exactly when he will be fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. The Seattle Seahawks, though, already have a plan in place to ensure the veteran pass-rusher will be ready to play come the regular season – even if it means missing a part of training camp.

On Tuesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll explained why the team will take an extra cautious approach with Ansah’s return to the field even after training camp start late next month.

“We’re going to wait,” he said, per Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree. “These six weeks coming up will be crucial and we have a really specific plan set up for him. He has a little traveling that he has to do to go home (to Ghana) but other than that he’ll be working with our guys throughout. And then we’ll just see when camp comes. We’ll take the camp to get it done, I’m sure. I don’t think we’ll rush him. There won’t be a need to start him up right out of the chutes and we’ll see how he goes in the weeks to follow.”

Ansah signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Seahawks in early May. He played in just seven games last season, the fewest since Detroit took him with the fifth overall pick of the 2013 draft.

The 30-year-old suffered a right shoulder injury in the Lions’ season-opener that caused him to miss the next six games. Ansah never gained a completely clean bill of health before returning to the field, eventually exacerbating the injury on December 9th against the Arizona Cardinals. He was placed on injured reserve two days later.

The Seahawks are in dire need of help rushing the passer after trading star defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in March.