The Detroit Lions remain extremely quiet regarding their own injuries, but reports are beginning to leak from outside sources. First, we heard about Ameer Abdullah, who apparently had x-rays on his foot that showed no clear break, but he will be seeking a second opinion on his injury on Tuesday.
Now we have finally received a minor update on the health of Ezekiel Ansah, who left the game against the Tennessee Titans on the very first drive of the game. According to Ian Rapoport, Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain:
#Lions DE Ziggy Ansah suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss, source said. He'll miss an undetermined amount of time. Not ideal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2016
While it's obviously good that Ansah also avoided a broken bone or a torn ACL, a high ankle sprain is the kind of injury that lingers for a long time. Rapoport's tweet also suggests that Ansah will assuredly miss some time, meaning his availability for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers is in serious doubt.
It's worth noting that at the moment, Rapoport's tweet stands as a single source, and he has gotten things wrong in the past. Most notably, when he called Eric Ebron's ankle injury an Achilles injury, suggesting Ebron would be out for most, if not all of the season. In truth, Ebron had an ankle injury and missed no regular season games.
However, if the report is true, the Lions may consider adding another defensive end to the rotation. Kerry Hyder picked up the slack against the Titans after Ansah went out, but the Lions do not even have a defensive end on the practice squad to call up. They would have to add another player via free agency. Or the Lions could roll the dice and be content with just four healthy ends in Hyder, Brandon Copeland, Wallace Gilberry and Devin Taylor. But considering how that kind of gamble worked out last week with linebackers, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Lions make a move this week.