The Lions have placed Frank Ragnow on injured reserve, per a club announcement. The center will miss at least three games as he works his way back from a toe injury.
It’s another bad blow for the winless Lions, who also have left tackle Taylor Decker on the injured reserve list. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, they’ve lost edge rusher Romeo Okwara for the year with a torn Achilles. They’ve since added offensive lineman Ryan McCollum and promoted linebacker Jessie Lemonier, but the Lions are hurting as a whole.
Up until now, Ragnow has been mostly healthy, save for three missed contests due to injury. He’s been first-string for Detroit ever since he was taken with the No. 20 overall pick in 2018. At first, the Lions used the Arkansas product at left guard. In 2019, they shifted him to the middle. And, in May, they made him the highest-paid center in the NFL with a $70MM re-up.
The 0-4 Lions — sans Ragnow — will face the Vikings on Sunday.
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In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, “Good grief!”.