In what was a brutal first quarter in Chicago in Week 4. The Detroit Lions were struggling on the field and lost two of their best players, Romeo Okwara and Frank Ragnow, for the game due to injuries.
Okwara left with what was originally described as an ankle injury, but after examination from trainers, he headed to the locker room for further treatment. Not long later, his ailment was changed to a foot injury and it was announced that he would not return. This was the same pattern of events that happened in Week 1 when Jeff Okudah suffered an Achilles injury and was lost for the season, which immediately drew concerns.
Following the game, Campbell was asked for updates on his star player's injury statuses.
“I would say Romeo’s, it isn’t good,” Campbell said. “Doesn’t look good at all.”
When a follow-up question was asked if was a potential Achilles injury, Campbell without hesitation, answered, “Yes. Yeah, we will know more in the morning, but, yeah.”
Okwara was coming off his best season as a professional and an offseason that saw him earn a well-deserved contract extension. He rewarded the Lions with a terrific start to the 2021 season—including 16 pressures through three weeks—before suffering the injury on Sunday.
Expect an update on Okwara’s status for the season on Monday afternoon, but if it is indeed an Achilles injury, his season will be over.
The news on Ragnow (toe) was better, but still not ideal, with Campbell indicating a stint on injured reserve may be in order.
“Frank is better than Romeo,” Campbell said, “but he may be out a little bit too.”
Hopefully, the Lions will also have an update on Ragnow's injury on Monday as well, and if he does miss some time, look for Evan Brown to get starts at center until Ragnow can return.