Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah back at practice
Ziggy Ansah stood with the rest of his defensive linemates as the Detroit Lions returned to practice today, simulating snaps by hiking a football on a stick and holding a tackling dummy during drills in which he didn’t participate himself.
Ansah has not practiced since suffering an apparent concussion Aug. 24. Ansah has not practiced since suffering an apparent concussion Aug. 24, and Lions coach Jim Schwartz referred to Wednesday’s injury report when asked about him after practice.
But the fact that he appeared on the field for the first time in nine days is an encouraging sign that he’ll be Steven Hauschka Jersey Super Bowl ready to play in Sunday’s season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
“We’ll get all those guys back as quick as we can,” Schwartz said. “I think we’ll be fairly healthy going into the first game, Steven Hauschka Jersey Youth about the best we could expect coming out of training camp. But as coaches we’re ready to go any direction if we have to.”
Ansah, the No. 5 overall pick in April’s draft, was injured when he collided with offensive lineman Leroy Harris in a nonpadded practice two days after the Lions’ exhibition win over the New England Patriots.
He missed a few drills that day but finished practice, then left during stretching a day later with a towel over his head.
Schwartz said he wasn’t worried the time off would affect Ansah, who played just three years of college football and is still in need of extended reps.
“He got a lot of reps early in camp,” www.nflseahawksofficialstore.com/4+Steven+Hauschka+Jersey+Cheap.html Schwartz said. “I think all our players need as many reps as they can possibly get, so he’s no different than anybody else on the team as far as that goes.”
Running back Montell Owens was the only other player who sat out practice today, and the Lions plan to place him on injured reserve with a designation to return when that list becomes available later today.
Owens suffered a knee injury in the Lions’ win over the Patriots.
Willie Young took firstteam reps at right defensive end in Ansah’s absence and will start at that position if Ansah can’t play Sunday.
Jason Fox (right tackle) and Larry Warford (right guard) worked with the firstteam offense in the 30minute portion of practice open to the media, but Schwartz wouldn’t acknowledge they’ll start against the Vikings.
“We’re not going to announce any starters,” he said. “It doesn’t do us any good to announce that stuff right now.”FOLLOW US.