Ansah among Lions out with injuries

DETROIT — For a second straight day today, coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t discuss the possible concussion Ziggy Ansah suffered in a non-padded practice, but it’s obvious by now that the Detroit Lions will rest a number of their key players in their exhibition finale against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.

Ansah missed practice for a second straight day and did not appear on the field nor in the locker room in front of reporters.

He was hit hard in a team running drill Saturday and left practice during stretching Sunday with a towel over his head.

“Everybody’s at a different spot physically, but I don’t have any comment on where anybody is right now,” Schwartz said. “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.”

Seven other players sat out practice for the Lions Monday, the vast majority of whom are not expected to play Thursday in Buffalo.

Calvin Johnson has not practiced this week because of lingering knee pain, Ndamukong Suh missed his third straight practice with an undisclosed ailment, and Louis Delmas, John Wendling, Montell Owens, Ryan Broyles and Leroy Harris all sat out to rest previous knee injuries.

Meanwhile, rookie tight end Michael Williams was having surgery on his broken hand Monday.


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