The Detroit Lions are getting one of their top defensive weapons back on the field.
The team activated defensive end Ziggy Ansah off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Tuesday afternoon and he’ll be available to practice for the first time this year during Tuesday night’s practice.
Ansah had spent the entire offseason rehabbing an injured shoulder that he had surgically repaired after the season.
The Lions’ first-round pick last year (No. 5 overall) led the team, and all rookies, with eight sacks last season. He also chipped in two forced fumbles and will play a prominent role in Teryl Austin's new defense.
Ansah has been working on the side with trainers since training camp began. He recently ramped up those workouts to include sled work, an obvious sign he was getting close to returning.
The Lions have one player left on the PUP list, rookie receiver