Just as it appeared the Detroit Lions were nearing full health on the offensive line, one of the best players on that unit may be dealing with an injury that will threaten his playing status for Sunday. Center Frank Ragnow sat out of Thursday’s practice with a groin injury that popped up on the injury report the day before.
Head coach Matt Patricia wasn’t clear on whether the injury was sustained before this week or during Wednesday’s practice, but given that Ragnow was limited the previous day, it seems safe to say that this is an injury suffered during practice.
That means there’s a good chance Detroit will have to fill his spot on the offensive line. Though the Lions don’t have a clear backup, they do have several players who are capable of filling in. Second-year offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel is currently on the practice squad, but has been repping as the team’s backup center since late last year. Joe Dahl—currently on IR—is practicing again a could be another replacement if Detroit decides to take him off the injury list this week. Even rookie Jonah Jackson could play center, as he took some reps there during training camp.
Additionally, the Lions added Adrian Peterson to the injury report with an illness. This kept him out of practice Thursday, but according to several local beat reporters, this illness is not COVID-19 related. His status for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars is unclear.
Lions injury report - Thursday
TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring/concussion) - No practice
RB Adrian Peterson (illness) - No practice
C Frank Ragnow (groin) - No practice
CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring) - No practice
LB Christian Jones (knee) - Limited practice
S C.J. Moore (calf) - Limited
DT Da’Shawn Hand (chest) - Full
DT Nick Williams (shoulder) - Full
For the Jaguars, they got a lot of good news on Thursday’s injury report. Most notably, rookie reciever Laviska Shenault Jr. returned to practice after missing Wednesday. His teammate, DJ Chark, however remained out.
Additionally, it looks like the Jaguars will be getting back two defenders who missed Week 5’s game. Both linebacker Myles Jack and rookie cornerback CJ Henderson were full participants in Thursday’s practice. Here’s a look at their full Thursday injury report.
Jaguars injury report - Thursday
LB Lakota Allen (foot) - No practice
WR DJ Chark (ankle) - No practice
DE Adam Gotsis (day off) - No practice
TE James O’Shaughnessy (day off) - No practice
DT Abry Jones (ankle) - No practice
TE Tyler Eifert (neck) - No practice
CB Chris Claybrooks (quadricep) - Limited
WR Laviska Shenault (hamstring) - Limited
DE Josh Allen (knee) - Limited
C Brandon Linder (no injury) - Full
CB CJ Henderson (shoulder) - Full
LB Myles Jack (ankle) - Full
DT Daniel Ekuale (ankle) - Full