Ansah hopes to notch "double-digit" sack numbers in 2017, WJR 760's Michael Stets reports. "[Getting sacks] is what I'm paid to do. ... I'm really focused this year. I'm excited for what we have coming up and it's definitely going to be better than last year," Ansah added.
After a high-ankle sprain from Week 2 of last season cost Ansah the following three games, it then lingered throughout the remainder of the year and was the reason for the defensive end's weekly appearance on the injury report. As a result, Ansah turned in a career-low two sacks as he consistently appeared sapped of his explosiveness and was unable to shed blocks and take on double teams like he normally could. In turn, the Lions as a whole finished 30th in the NFL with just 26 sacks in 2016, which is quite a turnaround after finishing in seventh place with 43 sacks just a season before when Ansah recorded the third-most sacks in the league (14.5). Thus, it would seem a healthy and effective Ansah not only has the potential to return to the elite ranks of defensive lineman in IDP formats but could also elevate the statistical production of players around him.
Ansah recorded nine tackles, two sacks, two TFLs and five QB hits during Saturday's playoff game in Seattle.
Ansah appeared fully recovered from both his most recent shoulder injury -- as well as his lingering ankle issue from the very beginning of the season -- en route to a huge day against one of the league's worst offensive lines. While the former first-rounder finished the regular season with just 35 tackles and two sacks across 13 games, Ansah remains a top-shelf talent that was simply hampered by injury throughout the 2016 campaign. Expect a significant bounce-back effort from the fourth-year defensive end next season.
Ansah (shoulder) will play Sunday against the Giants.
Ansah was unable to return to Week 14's win over the Bears due to a shoulder injury, but the issue won't keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. Expect Ansah to draw the start at defensive end per usual.
Ansah (shoulder) is considered questionable to play in Sunday's game against the Giants.
Ansah injured his shoulder in Sunday's win over the Bears, and was unable to return. After missing Wednesday's practice, he was able to work on a limited basis the rest of the week. His status appears to be trending toward a true game-time decision Sunday. Kerry Hyder would presumably be in line to fill in at defensive end if he cannot go.
Ansah exited the game in the second quarter with a towel draped over his head, suggesting the injury may be serious. Kerry Hyder will consequently slot in with the first-string unit until further notice.
|P1||8/13/17||@ IND||1:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ BUF||7:00 pm|
|2||9/18/17||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/6/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|