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Friday, September 6, 2013
Ziggy Ansah addresses concussion

By Michael Rothstein
ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah said the concussion he suffered Aug. 24 was the first one he has had as part of his first public comments since being injured.

Ansah had gone back into the Aug. 24 practice after being hit and tried to practice the next day before leaving during stretching. He did not return to practice until Thursday.

"Whatever happened, happened," Ansah said. "I'm just glad I'm back on the field and being able to practice."

Playing, though, is still up in the air. Ansah said that decision will be up to the Detroit coaching staff, but the first-round pick is hopeful to appear in his first game.

Ansah declined to say what doctors told him after he came off the field Aug. 24. He said he told them what happened, which was a helmet-to-helmet hit, but declined to say much more about the injury. When asked if the sun forced him off the field the following day, Ansah replied "something like that."

Now he's just hoping to play as soon as he can.

"We know I had a concussion," Ansah said. "I just put that behind me, and I'm happy I'm back."

The Lions should release an injury report at 4 p.m. ET