Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Lions DE Ansah (back) listed as active vs. Vikings

Dwight Freeney snapped up by Lions day after being cut by Seahawks Dwight Freeney snapped up by Lions day after being cut by Seahawks
Kristopher Love | 23 November, 2017, 21:20

Free Press sports writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez talk through their favorite Lions on Thanksgiving memories, then predict Thursday's Lions-Vikings game on Thanksgiving Day.

Detroit, however, will be without kick/punt returner Jamal Agnew due to a knee injury.

The Lions need help at defensive end in part because Ezekiel Ansah is questionable with a back injury that has kept him out of the last two games.

In the final season of a four-year, $18.59 million deal Ansah signed back in 2013, it is unclear if the Lions will even attempt to re-sign Ziggy to a long term deal or not. He recorded three sacks during his short tenure with the Hawks and will look to help a Lions pass rush tied for 20th in the National Football League in sacks.

Seven-time Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney had three sacks during his time with the Seahawks but was waived Tuesday.

Pete Carroll shed some light Wednesday on the Seattle Seahawks' surprising move to waive defensive end Dwight Freeney a day earlier, saying injuries and salary-cap restraints were among the factors that played into the decision.

Freeney was part of the NFL's All-Decade team in the 2000s, and while his snaps have decreased the past three seasons as he has gotten older, he still has 14 sacks since the start of the 2015 season.

Freeney, 37, isn't what he used to be, but he's still effective.

Unfortunately, Freeney has already been ruled out for the Lions' Thanksgiving matchup with Minnesota.

It is the first time Ansah will be active since the Monday Night Football game at the Packers.