Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Ziggy Ansah not expected to play this week

Detroit Lions rookie pass rusher Ziggy Ansah was able to practice yesterday, but he was clearly hobbled and didn’t seem to put in a good practice. Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain in the team’s Week 8 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and hasn’t played since. Week 9 was a bye, but Ansah wasn’t able to play last week and looks doubtful for tomorrow afternoon’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Lions have more than enough talent on defense to deal without the explosive pass rusher, especially with the way Willie Young has been playing.

Ansah is officially listed questionable on the Lions injury report after participating in practice yesterday, but that seems to be a generous tag. Again, he was severely hobbled during yesterday’s practice, and I would honestly consider him highly questionable (like doubtful, even) for tomorrow’s game.

The Detroit Free Press’s Dave Birkett believes that we shouldn’t expect to see Ziggy Ansah out there on Sunday, and I would definitely take his word for it. Not only is he an excellent beat writer, but it seems like all indications are pointing to another week of rest for Ansah and his sprained, left ankle. Beyond that, current starter Devin Taylor has outplayed Ansah this season, so it seems like Ansah could very well be a backup once he comes back. Ansah has plenty of promise and upside, but he clearly has issues with his technique and is as raw as we thought coming into the draft. He’s flashed plenty of times this season and could end up being a star player, but it looks like Taylor is the more productive pass rusher right now.

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  • William Rhoads

    Look I will remind you that his a rookie and will be a star! Detroit Lions our a little smarter than rest of the teams in that we have found the taken an extra week to let a player get healthy! That why we have players miss practice and play in the game that week we have players like Delmas that has knee problem and he has played more this year then any other year because he is a vet and by keeping down on his practice he has been able to play more!

    • Joe Soriano

      Ansah definitely has star potential, and the Lions didn’t draft him to be good right away. With the depth they have at DL, they know that they have the luxury to wait and coach up Ansah into a special player. He has special physical tools, and he’s flashed enough to make me think that he can get to that level. He still has plenty of consistency issues to iron out, but, as you said, the guy is just a rookie, especially one who was always viewed as a long-term prospect.