Damon Harrison explains what he was doing when he found out he was traded to Detroit Lions. Recorded Oct. 26, 2018.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
The Detroit Lions aren’t wasting any time getting their newest addition on the field.
Harrison is considered one of the best interior run defenders in the NFL, and the Lions have the league’s 29th-ranked rush defense at 139.3 yards per game.
The Seahawks, led by Chris Carson and quarterback Russell Wilson, have one of the league’s best rushing offenses.
While Harrison is expected to start at nose tackle today, the Lions still don’t have their full defensive line as Ziggy Ansah is inactive for the sixth straight game with a shoulder injury.
Ansah hurt his right shoulder in the first quarter of the Lions’ season-opening loss to the New York Jets and still has not returned to action despite practicing on a limited basis for most of the past seven weeks.
Lions coach Matt Patricia did not directly answer a question this week when asked if Ansah, who has four tackles and one sack in 19 snaps this season, is being held out for medical reasons.
“I think with the Ziggy conversation, we’re doing everything appropriately in the way to get him ready to go as soon as he as he can,” Patricia said. “And when we feel that he can go out there in a productive manor and play at a high level where he’s not either going to put himself at risk of anything injury setback, whatever it is. When he’s ready to go, he will be out there. That’s certainly, that’s what it is. It’s day-by-day and that’s how we take it.”
Undrafted rookie receiver Brandon Powell is active in place of TJ Jones for the first time this season and could handle punt-return duties for the Lions, and running back Theo Riddick is inactive for the second straight game because of a knee injury.
Offensive linemen Andrew Donnal and Joe Dahl, defensive linemen Kerry Hyder and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins also are inactive for the Lions (3-3).
Tight end Ed Dickson will make his season debut for the Seahawks after spending the last seven weeks on the non-football injury list. Dickson torched the Lions for 175 yards receiving on five catches last season while playing with the Carolina Panthers.
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