Frank Ragnow is one tough bastard.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions center suffered a fractured throat (!!!) in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. He did not miss a single snap of the game, as the Lions lost 31-24.
It’s unclear what this injury means for the rest of Ragnow’s season, but at the very least, it kept him out of Wednesday’s practice. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press offered more information.
“Lions are consulting with specialists on this right now,” Birkett tweeted. “His airway/breathing is fine, and he can eat, but he’s not supposed to talk right now. Trying to determine how much time he’ll need to be out.”
You’d have to imagine a fractured throat will likely hold him out for at least a week of play, especially if he’s been given directions not to talk. Even putting aside all the medical risks, having a center in the game that can’t verbally communicate seems like a poor idea.
We’ll wait for further clarification from the team or interim head coach Darrell Bevell, but for now, it seems unlikely Ragnow plays this week.