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Ezekiel Ansah ruled out again despite practicing all week; 4 DBs questionable

ALLEN PARK — After another week of practice, Ezekiel Ansah still isn’t ready to play.

The Detroit Lions have ruled out their top defensive end for Sunday’s game against Green Bay. Guard T.J. Lang (brain) and tight end Michael Roberts (knee) also won’t play, as expected, while defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (ankle), receiver Marvin Jones (ankle) and defensive backs Quandre Diggs (and), Tavon Wilson (back), Nevin Lawson (illness) and Tracy Walker (ankle) are all questionable.

Ansah hasn’t played since the opener due to a shoulder injury he sustained against the Jets. He’s practiced off and on, including every day this week, but still hasn’t gotten the green light to play. Bob Quinn’s calculated gamble to use the franchise tag on Ansah could still pan out, but right now, it’s looking like an increasingly bad bet to rely on oft-injured defensive end.

Romeo Okwara has been starting in Ansah’s place, and Eric Lee was called up from the practice squad last week to offer backup.

Playing without Ansah is obviously a setback for a defense that has to face Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, but it’s not the only one either. Hand, who has been Detroit’s best defensive lineman with Ansah out, is questionable to play after suffering an ankle injury during the practice week.

And in the back end of the defense, four more players are questionable. Diggs is expected to play with a cast on his fractured left hand, and Lawson is a good bet too after returning from illness on Friday. But the severity of the injuries to Wilson and Walker are unknown.

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