Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia speaks to the media on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Allen Park.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah succinctly summed up how he felt the day after his long-awaited return to the field.

“I feel amazing,” he said Monday in the Lions’ locker room.

Ansah played 12 defensive snaps in Sunday’s 24-9 loss at Minnesota in his first game since he injured his shoulder in the season opener. He had one sack and played mostly on third downs after he missed six straight games.

“Yeah, I’ve just been working hard every day just to be able to be out there with my teammates,” he said. “And I’m just happy I was able to be out there yesterday.”

The question now is will Ansah return to play a second straight game when the Lions visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and if he does, how much action will he see? Ansah said he expected limited snaps against the Vikings.

“It’s a process and we’re just taking it week in and week out,” he said of his future workload. “We’ll see how it goes during the week and we’ll find out on Sunday how many reps I get.”

Coach Matt Patricia expressed optimism Friday about Ansah’s return. Ansah wouldn’t say when exactly he knew he would play, but was glad he finally did.

“We just take it a day at a time,” Ansah said. “And like I said earlier, I’m just happy to be out there with my teammates. It don’t matter when I realized I was going to play. But just being able to be out there was a great feeling.”

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