Ziggy Ansah made his return to the practice field Thursday and was later listed as a limited participant in practice on the official injury report.
Ansah hasn't practiced since suffering a concussion in a non-padded practice Aug. 24, a practice he finished on the field.
"We have protocols that we follow and we’re going to make the best decisions that we can," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said.
"Those are difficult decisions to make. It is what it is. It was a non-padded practice and there was no more contact after he returned. It wasn’t like he was put back into a full-padded practice or more contact or stuff like that. Those are difficult situations. I’ve said a lot of times that concussions are a lot more different than ankles, hamstrings, shoulders injuries and everything else."
Thursday’s return to the field was an important first step to getting the team's first-round pick in the lineup Sunday vs. Minnesota.
The Lions will release their third and final injury report of the week Friday and it will have game designations on it. If Ansah practices in full Friday, there’s a good chance he could play in Sunday’s season opener vs. Minnesota.