July 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

No timetable for return of Lions' Ziggy Ansah, Jim Caldwell says


Allen Park — Second-year defensive end Ziggy Ansah will be a key cog of the Lions’ defense this season, but when he’ll be able to contribute is uncertain.

Ansah and wide receivers Golden Tate and TJ Jones will be on the physically unable to perform list when training camp begins Monday, and coach Jim Caldwell said there is no timetable for when Ansah will return.

“It’s whenever the Lord says that he’s healthy and healed,” Caldwell said Sunday. “And the medical staff will take a look at it after the Lord’s decree, and then we’ll see what goes on after that.”

Ansah underwent shoulder surgery in February to fix a problem he had during college at BYU, and he didn’t participate in any on-field work during the Lions’ offseason program.

Caldwell said Ansah has made good progress, and he expects the 2013 fifth overall pick to return in a “reasonable amount of time.”

While Ansah is out, second-year defensive end Devin Taylor or veteran Darryl Tapp will likely slot into his position with the first-team defense.

“One of the things I learned early on in coaching is I coach who shows up, and I instruct our staff to do the same thing,” Caldwell said. “I cannot worry about how quickly the Lord allows someone to heal. I’ve got to do our business, and at that point in time when he gets healthy and ready to go, he’ll be ready.

“Until then, whoever’s out there lined up is going to get coached and coached hard, and be ready to go and play for us and win games.”

Jones underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery last month, and Tate tweaked his shoulder during the offseason program, which held him out of minicamp. Caldwell didn’t provide a timetable for either of them, but both players have said they’re optimistic about returning quickly.



Ziggy Ansah is one of three Lions that will begin camp on the PUP list. / Daniel Mears / Detroit News