Ziggy Ansah was one of the most significant additions the Seahawks made in the offseason, but prior to this week, the former Pro-Bowl pass-rusher had yet to practice with his new team.
That changed on Tuesday, however, with Ansah taking part in practice, a very positive step towards a potential return for the regular season opener.
“We’re really happy to get him out finally,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “It has been a long, rigorous return. He has busted his tail and he’s made it. We were hoping he would make it before the final week (of the preseason), which he did. So we’ll take it and see how far he can go.
“He has worked really hard on the outside, he has been doing all kinds of drills and movement stuff and throwing heavy things and butting into stuff and all that to get ready for this, and we feel really secure that he’s ready to go now.”
Ansah isn’t yet practicing fully and won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale, but Carroll said, “he moved around fine. He went through the individual drills, he’ll do more tomorrow. He’s on his way back. His shoulder is healed and his groin in healed, and he’s ready to battle.”
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The Seahawks gave Ansah a one-year, $9 million deal that includes $6 million guaranteed. The max value is $13.25 million with another $4.25 million available in incentives tied to playing time, sacks, Ansah making the Pro Bowl and the Seahawks reaching the playoffs.
The Seahawks tend to have players coming off extended injury absences practice for at least two weeks before allowing them to play in games, which makes it significant that Ansah is practicing 12 days before the opener. The Seahawks need all the firepower they can get along a defensive line that no longer has Frank Clark and will be without Jarran Reed for the first six games while he serves a suspension.
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