Detroit Lions lose best defensive player Ziggy Ansah to injury

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Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah got hurt in their loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. NFL rumors have the Lions’ best pass rushing missing extended amount of time according to reports this week because of a high ankle sprain.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the extent of injury is not yet known and Ansah return is not yet determined at this point. Ansah was taken out early in the Lions’ 16-15 loss to the Titans.

Ansah was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and had established himself as one of the best defensive players in the Lions roster. In the first three years in the league, he has recorded 30 sacks and 9 forced fumbles. He had a career year last season recording 14.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.

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If the Lions miss Ansah for an extended period of time, Detroit’s defense will suffer this season. After Week 2, the Lions rank 25th in scores allowed, at 25.5 opponents points per game and 22nd in yards allowed, at 406.5 opponents yards per game.

The Lions lost Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in the previous offseason and Ansah’s value to the team increased with the loss of their better defensive players. Detroit needs their defense to be consistent with the Lions losing star wide receiver Calvin Johnson to retirement and their offense is not as effective as in previous years.

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Detroit won their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, 39-35 and are 1-1 thus far in the 2016 NFL regular season. The Lions take on the Green Day Packers, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles in their next three games.

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