Former BYU star Ezekiel Ansah misses 2nd straight day of Lions' practice, reports say
Rick Osentoski, AP
Former BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has been a no-go at practice the past two days for the Detroit Lions, according to multiple reports.
Ansah took a shot to the head during practice on Saturday, mlive.com reported, and he dressed for Sunday's workout, but he didn't make it through stretches before heading back to the locker room.
There has been speculation Ansah may have suffered a concussion.
On Monday, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't clarify any injury reports.
“Everybody’s at a different spot physically, but I don’t have any comment on where anybody is right now,” Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press. “We’re too close to the regular season, and it’s too much of a competitive thing right now. Everybody’s at a different spot physically. Some guys are able to practice, some guys aren’t, and we’ll take them all on a case-by-case basis. But we don’t have anybody that’s long-term. And by long-term meaning their season’s in jeopardy or going to be out for a while.”
Ansah has started all three games for Detroit during the preseason, and his 14-yard pick-6 off Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was one of the highlights of the preseason's first week. In the Lions' latest game, against New England, he recovered a fumble. Ansah also has five tackles and a pass defended.
Former Cougar players in the NFL are no strangers to serious injury issues recently. During the opening week of training camp, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated and fractured his hip; he is expected to miss the entire 2013 season, though Baltimore is holding out hope he could return late in the year.
Wide receiver Austin Collie, who signed with the 49ers in the early part of August, has struggled with concussions throughout his NFL career. He missed last season with a torn patella tendon.
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