After being held out of practice on Wednesday, defensive end Ziggy Ansah (knee), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) were all held out of practice again on Thursday. However this time, they were joined by defensive end George Johnson (groin) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle) who were limited in practice on Wednesday, before being held out completely during Thursday’s practice.
Now when it comes to Ansah, he is obviously, is a big part of the Lions defense. In the first two games of the season, Ansah has not only been huge in slowing down the run game but he has also been key in pressuring the quarterback, seeing that he has recorded a half sack in each of the first two games of the season.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that fans are starting to get worried about Ansah’s ability to stay healthy and for good reason. Despite this only being his second year in the NFL, Ansah has already had some tough injury moments, which includes two missed games with a sprained ankle last season not to mentioned, he missed most of the off-season while he recovered from shoulder surgery.
Nevertheless, on Thursday head coach Jim Caldwell basically implied that Ansah’s knee injury is not a long-term injury and that he is “big strong man” with a lot to offer this team, despite his injury filled past.
“Am I concerned about something continual with him?” Caldwell said Thursday. “Not at this stage.”
“He’s a big, strong man,” Caldwell continued. “This is our first year with him. We’ve wiped the slate clean and we’ll see what happens. You can’t determine injuries and things of that nature. He’s a capable guy and when he’s in there, he helps us a tremendous amount.”
I don’t know about you but I certainly hope Ansah’s knee injury doesn’t gets worse. I have that same concern about defensive George Johnson and cornerback Cassius Vaughn, who were held out of practice on Thursday, after being limited during Wednesday’s practice.
When it comes to Johnson, he is another key part to the defensive line, considering he already has 1.5 sacks this year. When you add that with the fact that Ansah is also out, the Lions’ depth at defensive end looks a little smaller than what I like to see.
The same goes for the secondary, without Vaughn. The Lions already lost nickelback Bill Bentley (ACL) and back-up nickelback Nevin Lawson (dislocated toes). It’s just not a good sign that Vaughn was held out of practice on Thursday, especially when you consider he was limited on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, it does feel good to know that the Lions are somewhat covered now that they have cornerback Danny Gorrer who can play both outside and inside and safety Don Carey, who can play nickel if needed, despite his main position being safety.
The Lions listed running back Joique Bell (knee), safety James Ihedigbo (neck), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps) and fullback Montell Owens (hamstring) as limited on Thursday. All four players were limited on Wednesday, as well.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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