Lions' Patricia scoffs at notion Ansah is milking injury

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Ziggy Ansah

Allen Park -- Ziggy Ansah's sore shoulder is a sore subject for some Detroit Lions' fans these days. Almost any time an update on Ansah's healthy is posted there's a vocal minority that are eager to question the defensive ends toughness, commitment to the team and city, or a nefarious milking of his injury to preserve his body for his next contract. 

Lions coach Matt Patricia was asked about these perceptions on Monday, the day after Ansah missed his fourth straight game, and quickly dismissed them. 

“Next question," Patricia said. "Let’s talk about something real important here.”

But when pressed, Patricia lashed out at the idea that Ansah wasn't doing everything he could to get back to action. 

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“Look, we give an injury report every single week," Patricia said. "The guy’s trying every single day to get back out there. So, that’s what it is. Don’t make it anything more than that. That guy’s a competitive guy, wants to play football, he’s trying to do the best he can to help this team. He’s day-by-day. We’re taking it day-by-day and we’re trying to get him ready to go. As soon as he can go, he’ll help us.”

Ansah was injured early in the season opener after colliding with teammate Devon Kennard. Ansah recorded a sack earlier in the game and led the team with 12.0 last season. 

The former first-round draft pick is currently playing on the franchise tag, a one-year deal worth $17.1 million.