ALLEN PARK — For weeks, the questions ate at Matt Patricia and so they introduced Ezekiel Ansah to the purpose of admitting how unhappy he was to be going by way of accidents but once more. Some began to marvel if Ansah was ever going to play for the Lions once more, or if he’d simply turn out to be the $17.1 million gamble that by no means noticed a payoff.
Then the Lions star cross rusher got here again to the video games, after which he elevated his snaps for 3 weeks, after which he was slamming Chase Daniel to the turf in a Thanksgiving contest at Ford Discipline like the times of previous.
And now, he is not on the harm report in any respect.
The Lions wrapped up one other week of observe Friday, of three days in preparation to play the Rams following a couple of further relaxation days following Thanksgiving. They launched their weekly harm and sport standing report Friday, and the title that had began to get its personal autocorrect fill-in was abruptly nowhere to be discovered:
That is definitely good information for the Lions, who host a loaded Rams offense with too many weapons for his or her struggling secondary to deal with with out somebody within the entrance seven wreaking havoc on Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Ansah will rush in opposition to two-time All-Professional Andrew Whitworth, who has match like a glove in his first season defending Goff’s blindside.
It is an excellent higher signal for Ansah. He postpone shoulder surgical procedure this season, pushing by way of the ache in constant observe time to attempt to prepare for video games, solely to search out out that his physique would not let him go.
It is too early to have a good time, given his observe report, with 11 missed video games because the begin of the 2016 season. He is injured so many physique elements that re-injury is a continuing threat on this brutal sport.
However he is in a spot he hasn’t been in the midst of a season in additional than a calendar yr, and that is progress in a Lions season that hasn’t proven sufficient of it.