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Lions playing wait-and-see with DE defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder)

The Sports Xchange

September 11, 2018 at 8:35 pm.

The Detroit Lions are in a wait-and-see mode on the injury to defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

Ansah was knocked out of Monday’s season-opening loss to the New York Jets. Ansah was hurt in the second quarter of the 48-17 shellacking and did not return.

“You know, it was his shoulder, so we got to go in there and take a look at it and see what’s going on,” head coach Matt Patricia said of the injury after the game, per the team’s official website.

During a conference call with the media on Tuesday, Patricia said he had nothing new to report on Ansah’s status.

Detroit and Ansah have a short week to get ready for Sunday’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The Lions have lost their last 12 visits to San Francisco.

Ansah, who is playing under a $17.143 million franchise tag, registered a team-high 12 sacks last season and had one more Monday before he was hurt.

Detroit’s first-round pick (No. 5 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Ansah missed the start of the preseason while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Ansah also dealt with a high ankle sprain that hampered him throughout the 2016 season, when he posted just two sacks.