Minneapolis — If you are looking for positives from the Detroit Lions' 24-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, you're not likely to find many. But one piece of good news came before kickoff, when for the first time in nearly two months, defensive end Ziggy Ansah wasn't on the inactive list.
Ansah didn't start the game and he was clearly on a restricted pitch count in his return to action after a six-game absence. Still, he managed to record a sack at the end of the first half, which helped limit the Vikings to a field goal.
It was the only hit the Lions got on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and gave Ansah his second sack of the season.
"We'll take a look at (Ansah's performance) and see what it looked like," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "But, in general, I don't think we did a good enough job in any of the phases, so can't really say one guy did anything good right now. We played a pretty bad game."
Ansah also recorded a sack in the first quarter of the season opener, before a collision with teammate Devon Kennard landed the former Pro Bowler on the shelf for several weeks.
The Lions listed the following players inactive against the Vikings: Running back Ameer Abdullah, linebackers Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Kelvin Sheppard, defensive ends Eric Lee and Kerry Hyder and offensive linemen Joe Dahl and Andrew Donnal.
The Vikings were down three starters for the game. Linebacker Anthony Barr had been previously ruled out, while wide receiver Stefon Diggs and safety Andrew Sendejo, both questionable coming into Sunday, were unable to go.
Lions guard T.J. Lang, who was also questionable, played sparingly in the contest, rotating with Kenny Wiggins before leaving for good after suffering an injury during the Vikings' fumble return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.