Ansah recorded 44 tackles, 12 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across 14 games in 2017. Missing only two games all year, Ansah battled through a host of injuries to log the second-highest sack total of his five-year career -- which could lead to a big payday since he was playing in a contract year. However, his performance on a week-to-week basis was inconsistent at best, as nine of his sacks came in three games. Furthermore, his 19 quarterback hurries only ranks 34th leaguewide and just third on his own team. The 28-year-old Ansah is now set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, though it's possible the Lions place the franchise or transition tag on him if the two sides can't agree on a contract extension.
Ansah (ankle) is listed as active for Saturday's divisional matchup against the Bears. Ansah is coming off his most productive three-game stretch of the season, but found himself on the injury report heading into Saturday's contest. However, it appears he has been able to overcome the issue he was facing and will presumably take on his usual role at defensive end in Week 15.
Ansah recorded seven tackles and one sack during Sunday's 24-21 victory over the Buccaneers. This easily represents Ansah's best performance since his six-tackle, three-sack day against the Giants in Week 2. While his floor is admittedly low -- Ansah entered the week averaging just 2.5 tackles per game -- there's no questioning the upside the 2013 first-rounder possesses, as seen Sunday. He's best used in favorable matchups, however. In Week 15 against the Bears, Ansah draws a date with left tackle Charles Leno Jr., who checks in as Pro Football Focus' 17th-highest graded tackle in pass protection.
Ansah (ankle) is active for Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay. Ansah sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning in limited fashion Friday, leading to his questionable tag entering Sunday. Though he's active, it remains unclear if he'll be at all limited. If he's forced to see a lesser role than usual, look for Dwight Freeney and Cornelius Washington to get some extra snaps.
Ansah (ankle) was cleared to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports. Ansah missed the second quarter in order to be evaluated by the medical staff. He returned and played most of the second half, ultimately finishing the game with five tackles.