Lions Shut Down DE Ziggy Ansah

Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah has been placed on injured reserve, according to a team announcement. Ansah has been hurt for much of the season and was forced out of Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, so the move does not come as a surprise. 

This has been a frustrating year for the Lions and Ansah alike. In the offseason, the Lions kept Ansah from the open market by applying the expensive $17.1MM franchise tag. At the time, the Lions indicated that they were willing to discuss a long-term deal because they wanted to see if Ansah could deliver a second consecutive monster season. Unfortunately, injuries completely derailed Ansah and the Lions’ season tanked.

Ansah managed four sacks in his seven games, but he appeared in just 146 snaps on the entire year. That’s hardly the follow-up the Lions wanted after he notched 12 sacks and 44 overall tackles in 2017.

Ansah will be a fascinating case to watch in free agency. The 29-year-old (30 in May) has turned in two great seasons (2015, 2017), two good seasons (2013, 2014), and two dud seasons (2016, 2018) thus far in his career and his health moving forward is obviously a concern. The silver lining here is that his placement on IR will allow him to immediately undergo surgery for a labrum issue, meaning that he should be ready for training camp in 2019.

The veteran figures to be one of several intriguing pass rushers to hit the open market in March. Frank Clark (Seahawks), Jadeveon Clowney (Texans), Trey Flowers (Patriots), Dee Ford (Chiefs), and DeMarcus Lawrence (Cowboys) are also on course for free agency in 2019.

The Lions also placed tight end Michael Roberts (shoulder) on IR. To fill the two spots, the Lions signed tight end Jerome Cunningham and offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from the practice squad.

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6 comments on “Lions Shut Down DE Ziggy Ansah

  1. jay13

    Injuries just killed his time in Detroit. He will get a change of scenery and flourish. I can see it happen. So much talent if he could stay on the field.

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    • dugdog83

      Injuries follow you around. His raw talent made him a pro but also is the reason he can’t stay healthy

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  2. Rich

    The market demand will help him avoid what should otherwise have been a short term incentive heavy deal.

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    • daman2032

      The market will be flush with talent (draft and free agents) he will have to take a one year prove it deal more then likely.

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  3. Wolf Hoffmann

    The Lions are absolutely fascinating. Nothing ever seems to pan out for them. So many wasted 1st round picks. So many crazy losses. The organization is cursed. I don’t think any of us will ever see a Lions Super Bowl appearance.

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