The Lions placed him on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list for training camp, which begins Monday, and head coach Jim Caldwell said there is no timetable on Ansah’s return.
Limited by his injury, Ansah has not gotten to practice the new defense like his teammates have, but Caldwell said that he cannot fret about how far behind Ansah may have fallen.
“I coach who shows up and instruct our staff to do the exact same thing,” Caldwell said Sunday. “I cannot worry about how quickly the Lord allows someone to heal. I got to do our business. At that point in time, when he gets healthy and ready to go, he’ll be ready. Until then, whoever’s out there and lined up is going to get coached and coached hard and ready to go and play for us and win games, so that’s how we look at it. He’s coming along, he’s making great progress, he’s doing everything he can to get there, and I’m sure he will in a reasonable amount of time.
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So it looks like there’s another glaring hole in our defense now with Ansah being out for an unspecified amount of time. With training camp starting this week, hopefully someone can step up and show they can fill in for him until he is fully recovered. It’s extremely unfortunate considering the circumstances since he’ll have very little practice time in a new defense before the beginning of the season if he is ready to go. Hopefully he can recover from his shoulder surgery quickly and only miss a practice or two, but only time will tell.