Ziggy Ansah has shoulder surgery

Updated: February 21, 2014, 10:57 AM ET
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah had shoulder surgery to repair an issue the team identified before last year's NFL draft.

Ansah had the surgery "a couple weeks ago" in Los Angeles, where he has been working out and rehabilitating, according to Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.

"It was one that we kind of flagged when we drafted him that it might be an issue down the road," Mayhew said. "So it was something that we were aware of that might need to be fixed at some point."

Mayhew did not have a timetable for Ansah's return and wouldn't specify when the injury happened or what the injury specifically was.

Ansah had myriad injuries in his rookie season, including a concussion, the shoulder injury and an ankle injury. Despite that, he played in 14 games, starting 12. He had 32 tackles and led all rookies with eight sacks. He also had two forced fumbles.

In terms of Detroit's defensive ends, Mayhew also said he has spoken with free agent Israel Idonije and has told him the team will not be bringing him back.

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