Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah is entering his second season in the NFL, but he hasn't really had a chance to get in work on the field in 2014. He had shoulder surgery back in February, and he was sidelined from the Lions' offseason activities (OTAs and minicamps) as a result. What's more, Ansah has spent all of training camp so far on the PUP list, once again keeping him off the field.
Although it's been disappointing for Ansah to miss so much time, the good news is that he appears to be getting close to practicing. I say that based on the fact that he was in shoulder pads on Monday and spent a decent amount of time testing out his shoulder.
Ziggy Ansah working with trainers at #Lions practice today https://t.co/l9InH0ej5S— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 4, 2014
More from Ziggy Ansah at #Lions camp today https://t.co/CQrPD0n8FT— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 4, 2014
Once Ansah is cleared to practice, he will be removed from the PUP list. If that happens in the next couple days, perhaps he will have enough time to get ready for Saturday's game against the Cleveland Browns. The Lions have already shown they aren't going to rush him back, but if he's able to get in some practice time, it's not out of the question that he could play for a series or two on Saturday.
In any case, the main thing is for Ansah to start practicing, and all signs point to that happening sooner rather than later.