Detroit Lions defensive finish Ezekiel Ansah is being positioned on injured reserve with a shoulder harm, ending his season and probably his time with the franchise that drafted him within the first spherical in 2013.
Ansah, 29, injured his shoulder within the first quarter of Sunday’s 17-Three win over Arizona whereas making an attempt to sort out Cardinals operating again Chase Edmonds. The one-time Professional Bowler instantly writhed on the bottom as trainers tended to him after the play, and he was finally carted to the locker room.
It was the second time Ansah injured a shoulder this season. Within the first half of the season opener in opposition to the New York Jets, Ansah was compelled from the sport with an harm and missed the following 5 video games.
He returned on a restricted foundation earlier than taking part in a full complement of snaps on Dec. 2 in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams. He then was injured once more Sunday, ending his season with 12 tackles and 4 sacks.
The Lions used the franchise tag on Ansah this offseason, paying him $17.143 million in 2018 after not signing him to a long-term deal. He’ll enter free company, supplied Detroit would not re-sign him, as one of many prime pass-rushers on the market.
In his 5 seasons with Detroit after being taken fifth total out of BYU, Ansah has handled shoulder, ankle, knee and biceps accidents — together with a shoulder surgical procedure in 2014 and a knee cleanout this previous offseason.
When he has been wholesome, Ansah has been a dominant participant, making 219 tackles with 48 sacks, 10 compelled fumbles and three fumble recoveries over 5 seasons. He has had two seasons of 10-plus sacks, together with his Professional Bowl yr in 2015, when he had a career-high 14.5 sacks.
An elite athlete, Ansah didn’t begin taking part in soccer till halfway by way of his time at BYU after enrolling on the faculty from Accra, Ghana. He initially tried to play basketball and run monitor for the Cougars earlier than discovering soccer, strolling on to the staff in 2010 and turning right into a first-round decide.
The Lions (5-Eight) additionally positioned tight finish Michael Roberts on injured reserve with a shoulder harm.