The Detroit Lions have removed defensive end Ziggy Ansah from the active/physically unable to perform list, the team officially announced on Monday.
Ansah hasn’t played a full 16 games since the 2015 season and will enter this season playing under the franchise tag. It is unknown what injury prompted Ansah to be placed on the PUP list initially.
Ansah finished with 12 sacks last season, over 14 games for the Lions.
Lions’ Matthew Stafford Wants To Return This Season
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has stated his desire to return this season despite reports indicating that he could miss more than six weeks as he recovers from fractured bones in his back, according to DetroitLions.com’s Tim Twentyman.
“Because this is what I do,” Stafford said about wanting to come back this season. “I understand your question, but this is what I love to do. I love playing football. I appreciate all the hard work that all the guys in this locker room and in this organization put into going out there and trying to win games on Sunday and I love being a part of that.”
“It’s tough for me to sit there without the pads on and not be able to impact the game on the field the way I’m used to doing,” Stafford said. “That’s driving me to get back out there, and whenever we all deem it’s the right time for me to get back out there, I’ll be out there.”
If things go well, the Lions could see Stafford back toward the end of the regular season. Detroit would need to have a major turn around to make the playoffs this season, which seems highly unlikely.
Lions’ Matthew Stafford to Miss Significant Time
Per the report, Stafford may not necessarily miss the next six games, but he is dealing with considerable pain and has been playing through considerable pain prior to being shut down by team doctors ahead of the Lions’ game against the Chicago Bears.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, while Stafford could miss six more games, the plan is for him is to have another scan sometime this week so that the team can determine a more accurate timetable for his return.
There is also a possibility that they Lions could keep Stafford shut down for the remainder of the season, especially considering their slim playoff chances.
Lions’ Darius Slay Drawing Interest from Eagles
It appears that the Detroit Lions are willing to move veteran cornerback Darius Slay, as long as a team meets their high asking price.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, one team is “working hard” on a deal for Slay: the Philadelphia Eagles, however the report indicates that the asking price for Slay is “very, very high”.
Slay has one more year left on his contract and held out of the team’s offseason program in hopes of landing a new contract extension, one that did not come to fruition.
Slay, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, is having a down year, per Pro Football Focus metrics.
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