August 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Rehabbing Lions DE Ziggy Ansah 'making good progress' coach Jim Caldwell says

Allen Park Defensive end Ziggy Ansah did his most extensive on-field work with a trainer during training camp Monday, and it looks like he will be activated from the physically unable to perform list soon.

The Lions placed Ansah on the PUP at the start of camp as he continues to recover from a February shoulder surgery.

Hes making good progress, coach Jim Caldwell said. I mean, theyre ramping up his activities in terms of his rehab. I think as you watch him out here, hes doing more and more and more each day. Hes getting close, so well see what happens.

Caldwell would not say whether or not Ansah, the fifth overall pick in 2013, would be available for the exhibition opener Saturday against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday at Ford Field, saying only that Ansah is still on the PUP.

During his work with a trainer, Ansah hit pads with both of his arms extended and did some work with his hands to simulate engaging a blocker.

Ansah was wearing a brace on his left shoulder but never appeared to favor one side during the drills. He also looked explosive when starting from a set position, so its reasonable to expect hell be a full participant once his shoulder is recovered.

Although hes a spectator during practice, Ansahs teammates said hes done well learning the new defensive scheme in the meeting rooms.

Ziggy is a sponge, man, defensive end Darryl Tapp said. Hes soaking it all in. Ive been highly impressed with him since Ive been here. Hes not a guy that thinks hes made it.

Hes more than willing to listen to older guys input and experiences and use them to help him out throughout his career. Were just anxious to get him back out here because we see his highlight tape all the time in the meeting rooms and how he uses his footwork and hand placement.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah is expected to be off the physically unable to perform list soon. / Daniel Mears / Detroit News