Injured Ansah aims for Lions' opener vs. Chargers

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Ezekiel Ansah

Allen Park -- Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah said he's not frustrated by yet another offseason injury that's limiting his preparation for the regular season after sitting out Friday's 22-17 exhibition win in Jacksonville.

Part of Ansah's lack of concern comes from his optimism that he'll return by the season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 13.

"Hopefully, by then I should be fine," he said.

Ansah was limping at times during last week's exhibition in Washington and had his right ankle wrapped when he left Lions headquarters last Friday. He missed practice all week leading up to the game against the Jaguars Friday night, but after the game, he declined to specify the injury plaguing him now.

"He's got a little bit of a nagging injury, but I think he's going to be OK," coach Jim Caldwell said last Sunday.

With Ansah out, Haloti Ngata (hamstring) on the non-football injury list and Jason Jones (knee) still easing his way back into the lineup, the only projected defensive line starter who played Friday was tackle Tyrunn Walker. Caraun Reid, Walker's competition for a starting job, missed the game with a high ankle sprain.

The Lions generated little pressure on Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles in the first half. The pass rushing highlights for players likely to make the 53-man roster were quarterback hits for Darryl Tapp and Phillip Hunt as Bortles suffered no sacks and helped Jacksonville convert its first seven third downs. Hunt's hit came after he bull-rushed left tackle Luke Joeckel.