In only his seventh year of playing organized football,
Ansah was drafted by the Lions in 2013 and didn't get to spend much time working on his game leading up to draft day. Prior to the 2014 season, Ansah was sidelined with shoulder surgery and missed all team OTAs and minicamps.
Now, however, Ansah is healthy and getting in shape for the 2015 campaign, which could see him in a bigger role on the Lions' front line.
"We're looking forward to Ziggy really having his first offseason and getting into shape and having a great year and having the stamina to finish well," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said.
Johnson was fully expected to be available and will serve as the team's top receiving threat in the playoff game. Defensive ends
Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.
The Lions are 6 1/2-point underdogs at Dallas. The line originally opened at 8 points in favor of the Cowboys.
"He is some kind of player, and he's developing by leaps and bounds," coach Jim Caldwell told the website.
Ansah has 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to go with 40 tackles. He'll face the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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