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Report: Lions’ Ansah suffered stinger vs. Bears

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Ziggy Ansah

Allen Park – Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah slammed his helmet in frustration after injuring his shoulder in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears, but he didn’t change into street clothes during halftime, indicating a hope he could return to the field later in the game.

Ansah did return in the fourth quarter, drawing a critical holding call that pushed the Bears out of field goal range.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to comment on the nature of Ansah’s injury, but ESPN is reporting the Pro Bowl pass rusher suffered a stinger, a nerve injury that can cause temporary pain, numbness and weakness in an arm.

That news should alleviate concern about the injury becoming a long-term issue.

It’s been a frustrating year for Ansah, who has also been hampered by a nagging ankle injury suffered in September. Despite generating more pressure in recent weeks, he is still looking for his first sack of the season.

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