We are one day away from the start of Seattle Seahawks training camp, and one of the question marks is the status of pass-rushing specialist Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.
The oft-injured former Detroit Lions star was signed by Seattle on a one-year deal to bolster a pass rush that saw Frank Clark traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. Ansah is recovering from shoulder surgery that, when initially reported, was expected to see him miss training camp and potentially the first month of the regular season.
If there’s perhaps any sign of good news on how well Ansah’s recovery has gone, it’s news from Tom Pelissero that Ansah won’t be on the PUP list.
#Seahawks DE Ezekiel Ansah will be on the active roster to start training camp, source said. Expect limited work early as he continues to rebuild strength in his shoulder. They knew that’d take time when they guaranteed him $6 million. All about having him ready for the season.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 24, 2019
We shouldn’t jump too far ahead and get excited about the possibility that he’ll be ready to go in Week 1, but “active before training camp” is a hell of a lot better than “expected to miss training camp.” Limited work is better than no work at all.
Pete Carroll did indicate back in May that had a chance to make it in time for opening day, so consider this development as grounds for cautious optimism at a time when the Seahawks need all the pass-rushing help they can get, and as soon as possible.