DETROIT — Ziggy Ansah is active and but Willie Young will start at right defensive end.
Ansah, the Lions’ rookie was really the only question mark heading into Sunday’s regular season opener against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. He suffered a concussion on Aug. 24 and has only had one full practice since then. That was on Friday.
It’s the first career start for Young who is entering his fourth season.
Safety Louis Delmas and right defensive end Jason Jones, who both sat out practice on Friday, also were tabbed as starters.
Delmas (knee) played in one preseason game and sat out most of training camp with the goal of being ready to play today.
Rookie running back Theo Riddick got the nod to play over veteran Mikel Leshoure.
Broyles, who is coming off ACL surgery, was getting in extra work after most players had left the field during warmups.
Lions’ inactives for Sunday were: quarterback Kellen Moore, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, running back Mikel Leshoure, defensive end Devin Taylor, cornerback Jonte Green, guard Leroy Harris and tackle LaAdrian Waddle.
Vikings inactives: AB McLeod Bethey-Thompson, S Mistral Raymond, LB Gerald Hodges, LB Michael Mauti, G Jeff Baca, DE George Johnson and DT Kevin Williams.
Also, to get you in the mood for another season, check out this Lions’ photo gallery from the recent past including Barry Sanders. Click here.
Also, starting fullback for the Vikings is rookie Zach Line who played at Oxford High School and SMU. Last time he played at Ford Field was six years ago today when the Wildcats stomped on U-D Jesuit thanks to Line’s four touchdown catches.