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.
“He’s making good progress,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “I mean, they’re ramping up his activities in terms of his rehab. I think as you watch him out here, he’s doing more and more and more each day. He’s getting close, so we’ll 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 it’s reasonable to expect he’ll be a full participant once his shoulder is recovered.
Although he’s a spectator during practice, Ansah’s teammates said he’s done well learning the new defensive scheme in the meeting rooms.
“Ziggy is a sponge, man,” defensive end Darryl Tapp said. “He’s soaking it all in. I’ve been highly impressed with him since I’ve been here. He’s not a guy that thinks he’s made it.
“He’s more than willing to listen to older guys’ input and experiences and use them to help him out throughout his career. We’re 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.”