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Today could be the day when there is more clarity given to the injury situation surrounding rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah.
The Lions should release their first injury report later this afternoon and Ansah, who has not practiced in over a week including Tuesday, will likely be on it. The question, of course, is whether or not the first round pick will be on the field Sunday in the season opener against Minnesota.
Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz said he felt Ansah "got a lot of reps early in camp," and felt his team, on the whole, was pretty healthy. Here's the thing with Ansah, though.
Unlike a veteran who has been through all of this before, Ansah hasn't. Even in the scope of high-profile rookies, Ansah does not have the same level of experience, having walked on at BYU without the lengthy prep football history most NFL players possess.
So every rep for him, every day of practice, becomes more crucial. This is a situation worth monitoring -- and we will here -- as the regular season creeps much closer.
And now a look around the Interwebs for Lions:
A roundup of our coverage from yesterday, with a look at why Matthew Stafford's preseason numbers might not mean much, Stafford's response to ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski and a video conversation with Reggie Bush.
The Lions are 21st in the latest ESPN Power Rankings.
Sunday could be an interesting day for new Lions safety DeJon Gomes. Kyle Meinke from MLive writes his hit blew out Adrian Peterson's knee. Detroit's opponent Sunday? Minnesota.
The Lions were supposed to vote on captains Tuesday afternoon. Justin Rogers from Mlive makes the case for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press catches up with running back Montell Owens, who was designated to the short term injured reserve Tuesday. He also updates the lack of an update on Ziggy Ansah.
Detroit News writer Josh Katzenstein gives his guess at a game-by-game prediction in a nifty slideshow form.