Ansah was forced from Sunday’s game with a left ankle injury and had a tough time putting weight on it, so it was clear that this could be a severe ankle sprain for Ansah.
Ansah, 26, was taken with the No. 5 overall pick back in 2013. He was in the final year of his four-year, $18.595 million rookie contract and set to make a base salary of $2.941 million for the 2016 season when the Lions picked up his fifth-year option.
Ansah’s option tender will run the Lions $12.7 million in 2017, but this figure is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
This season, Ansah has recorded two tackles and no sacks for the Lions over the course of two games.