Just when you think the injury news may take a day off, the football gods continue to smite the Detroit Lions.
The latest news comes from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who is reporting that Lions center Frank Ragnow will have toe surgery that will end his 2021 season after just four games played. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has also confirmed the news.
Ragnow was one of the Lions’ Pro Bowl players last year, and he was off to another brilliant start this year. Through five weeks, Ragnow is PFF’s second-highest graded center, earning the third-highest run blocking grade and the fourth-best pass blocking grade.
The Lions will have to move forward with Evan Brown as their starting center. Brown made his first career NFL start last week against the Minnesota Vikings and held up pretty well.
“I thought Evan Brown stepped in, did a nice job the other day,” Lions head coach Dan Campbell told 97.1 The Ticket on Tuesday morning.
Ragnow is already on injured reserve—one of 12 Lions players currently on the list. However, he now joins the likes of cornerback Jeff Okudah and edge defender Romeo Okwara as players who will not come back after suffering season-ending injuries in the first month of the season.
Simply put, this sucks.