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BYU in the NFL: Ziggy Ansah has a solid week 4

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It's no secret that football is a violent game, especially at the highest level. Unfortunately, we have already seen the game deal a bad hand to several former Cougars with serious injuries and that has left us with very few former Cougars actively playing.

The most impressive performance among former Cougars this week came from Ziggy Ansah. Ansah, who has been dealing with a minor injury of his own, had a dominate outing in MetLife Stadium versus the Jets this past week. Ansah recorded 5 tackles including one for a loss and put a crushing hit on Jets' QB Geno Smith as he threw that led to an interception.

In Dennis Pitta news, the former BYU TE's surgery to repair his hip was reported successful. While I've never seen a surgery reported unsuccessful, but at the very least things seem to be a little more hopeful than they were prior to the surgery.

Pitta went on WBAL NewsRadio in Baltimore to discuss his season-ending injury on Monday. Pitta had this to say to WBAL about going through the recovery process all over again:

"This one was tough. It is tough physically, and it certainly is tough mentally. For having to go through this last year and then kind of be back in the same spot again, it's always tough. But I understand you just have to stay positive and take it one day at a time, and try to work and get better."

You can listen to the entirety of Pitta's interview below.

If you'd like more multimedia content from former Cougars, Brett Keisel answered Steelers fans' questions in a mailbag video last week. John Denney also did a 1-on-1 interview with The Finsiders.

Dennis Pitta (Ravens): Pitta was officially placed on Baltimore's season ending IR this past week after undergoing major hip surgery.

Ziggy Ansah (Lions): Ansah recorded 5 tackles (3 solo) with a tackle for loss in Detroits 24-17 win over the New York Jets.

Kyle Van Noy (Lions): Van Noy remains on Detroit's short term injured reserve list.

John Denney (Dolphins): Denney handled Miami's long snapping duties in a 38-14 victory over Oakland in London, but did not record any stats.

Brett Keisel (Steelers): Keisel had a single tackle for loss in Pittsburg's 24-27 loss to Tampa Bay this past weekend.

Dallas Reynolds (Giants): Reynolds played in the New York Giants 16-13 win over New England, but he did not record any stats.

Cougars currently on NFL practice squads: Spencer Hadley (Raiders) and Daniel Sorensen (Chiefs).