Ansah had two solo tackles and one sack in Thursday's 30-23 loss to the Vikings.
Ansah was nursing a back injury prior to this matchup and was consequently limited to only 32 defensive snaps Thursday, the third most of Detroit's defensive ends. Still, he was able to post his fifth sack of the season without a full snap count, which bodes well for when he's at full health. Due to the Thursday night game, the fifth-year pro will have a few extra days of rest ahead of Week 13's game against the Ravens, which will hopefully result in a regular allotment of playing time in that contest.
Ansah (back) is listed as active Thursday against the Vikings.
Ansah reeled off 30 sacks in his first three campaigns as a professional, but the last two have yielded just six in 21 games due to a number of injuries, namely a high-ankle sprain last year and a knee concern in 2017. He may have difficulty impacting the box score versus a Minnesota offensive line that's allowed an NFL-low 10 sacks this season.
Ansah (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Vikings.
Ansah was only a limited participant in practice Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving it unknown if he'll be able to return from a two-game absence on a short week. Anthony Zettel and Cornelius Washington will likely serve as the Lions' starting defensive ends if Ansah is held out again Thursday.
Ansah (back) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.
Ansah's status for the Thanksgiving Day game against the Vikings likely won't be cleared until he practices fully, which could happen Wednesday. The defensive end has missed the Lions' last two games with the back issue, but the team has been able to win without his services while matching up against non-contending teams in the Browns and Bears.
Ansah absence in the Week 10 win over the Browns didn't go unnoticed, as the Lions allowed 100 rushing yards for only the second time this season. The Bears feature two quality running backs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, putting pressure on Cornelius Washington to step up his play in Ansah's stead for the second consecutive week.
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