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Lions designate DE Ansah as franchise player

Allen Park, Mich. - The Detroit Lions have designated DE Ezekiel Ansah as their franchise player.

Ansah finished the 2017 season with 12.0 sacks, 44 total tackles (39 solo), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. A first-round draft selection (fifth overall) by the Lions in 2013 out of Brigham Young, Ansah's career totals include 73 games (71 starts), 44.0 sacks, 207 total tackles (155 solo), 10 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. His 44.0 career sacks rank fifth all-time in Lions history (official statistic since 1982).

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