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Lions' Ansah Returns To Practice

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions lays on top of Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during the game at Ford Field on August 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions lays on top of Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during the game at Ford Field on August 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan

After suffering a concussion in practice prior to the Detroit Lions’ final preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, 2013 first-round draft pick Ziggy Ansah returned to practice on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. Lions officials revealed that the rookie sustained a concussion during drills Aug. 24, and had not yet recovered from the injury. 

Ansah was listed as questionable on Wednesday for the Lions’ regular season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, but his return to practice on Thursday marks a large step towards playing on Sunday. The Lions are hoping that Ansah can combine with defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to create one of the most disruptive defensive lines in the NFL and help a defense that struggled to keep opponents out of the end zone in 2012. Detroit gave up the sixth most points in the league last season and had trouble reaching the quarterback, tying for 20th overall with 34 sacks.

If Ansah cannot take the field, free agent signing Israel Idonije will line up at left defensive end for the Lions.