According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Ziggy Ansah left Sunday’s practice during stretching. He was seen going into the locker room with a towel over his head and being attended to by two trainers. Coach Jim Schwartz refused to comment on the injury.
“I don’t have any comment on anybody’s physical condition,” Schwartz said. “We don’t have to give any injury reports right now and anything going into the season, particularly this late, is a competitive thing. Unless it’s somebody that’s long term or somebody that’s had surgery, I’ll let you know on those but otherwise we’ll just go with the injury reports.”
According to the Free Press story, Jim Schwartz was asked directly about whether or not the Lions 5th overall pick was tested for a concussion. Again Schwartz refused to answer:
“We’ll keep that to ourselves,” Schwartz said. “I don’t want to discuss anything like that.”
The Lions have been pretty lucky this preseason with injuries. However and concussion injury to Ansah could be a potentially devastating blow to a defensive line that has been making headlines this preseason. If Ansah does have a concussion, this would be the second first round pick to suffer from this type of injury. Javid Best retired earlier this year because he was unable to recover from repeated concussion injuries suffered while playing college and professional football.
If it is determined that Ansah suffered a brain injury he would have to be cleared by a neurologist before returning to the field.