As the Detroit Lions and New York Giants were starting to close their first of three joint practices, everything came to a sudden halt. Lions center Graham Glasgow was on the ground and stayed there for a minute or two.
On the play, Frank Ragnow was burned by a spin move to the inside, resulting in a several player pileup in front of Matthew Stafford during a two-minute drill.
Eventually, Glasgow was able to walk to the sidelines under his own power. A few minutes later, he walked around the field and into the locker room, again, with no help from the trainer, but with a significant limp.
The Lions brought in Wesley Johnson, who has consistently been the team’s No. 2 center in practice, to take Glasgow’s spot at center during the final few snaps of practice for the first-team offense.
If the injury is serious, the Lions have an interesting choice ahead of them. First-round draft pick Frank Ragnow has plenty of experience as a center, but has taken almost all of his training camp reps at left guard. It would be a tough ask for Ragnow to make that switch halfway through the preseason, but his versatility is part of what made him a first-round selection. If they want to keep that consistency for the rookie, the Lions could stick with Johnson, or potentially give Leo Koloamatangi a shot, since he stuck out during the Lions’ preseason opener.
If we get any updates about Glasgow’s condition, we’ll update this post.