Detroit Lions open 2013 Training Camp

Ansah tweaks ankle on first day

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - First-round pick Ziggy Ansah tweaked an ankle during the Lions first practice of training camp.

Beyond that, and a few other bumps and bruises, the first day of on-field work went well for Detroit.

"It's always fun the first day," said head coach Jim Schwartz.  "The last couple of days we haven't slept very well just because there's been so much anticipation and so much excitement. I mean it certainly didn't hurt that we had Pure Michigan Chamber of Commerce weather today. It was a great day to come out, players were excited."

Ansah turned his ankle during a team drill, but Schwartz downplayed any injury after the workout.

"He got stepped on. It's just sort of normal first day stuff. He doesn't have anything significant," said Schwartz.

A day after Schwartz admitted the 2012 season was humbling, players were focused on putting last year in the rear-view mirror and getting to work with a clean slate and a talented roster.

"Well I think we just put it behind us," said offensive guard Rob Sims. "We don't talk about it anymore. All of our focus is on 2013 and whatever happened last year happened last year."

Though limited on the field, Louis Delmas did take part in this afternoon's practice.

"I feel good, I feel real good," Delmas told my colleague, David Solano. "I'm excited to get back out here on the field. My teammates, I know those guys have been missing me just as much as I've been missing them, so it's exciting."

Notes - Offensive lineman Leroy Harris and wide receiver Devin Thomas both began camp on the physically unable to perform list. Defensive tackle Ronnell Lewis began camp on the non-football illness list.... Tight end Joseph Fauria made a nice catch in the end zone but seemed to injure his right shoulder. He quickly returned to the field after some attention from the training staff.... Wide receiver Ryan Broyles participated in practice. Broyles suffered a torn ACL last December.... Wide receiver Nate Burleson participated in practice. Burleson suffered a broken leg last October.

Tom Leyden is the WXYZ Sports Director.  Follow Tom on Twitter @TomLeyden


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