Detroit Lions Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow has been a regular in the team’s weekly injury report, yet he has regularly been able to play on game days. Despite dealing with four separate injuries throughout the year, he has only missed two games, and his ability to recover has been astonishing.
In 2021, Ragnow suffered a toe injury that was significant enough to cost him his season and came with a prognosis that it would linger throughout his career. Over the last two seasons, Ragnow has worked to manage his pain, and with the help of the Lions' medical team, there is a plan put in place to keep him available to play.
While Ragnow’s toe injury has been ever-present throughout the season, he has also faced other obstacles. He was forced to miss Week 8 against the Raiders due to a calf injury, incurred a back injury he has been playing through, and in New Orleans he suffered a knee injury against the Saints that would force him to miss Week 14 against the Chicago Bears.
Ragnow was able to return to practice in Week 15 and played every snap against the Denver Broncos. When asked about his injury, he downplayed it, saying he “had to get a little something done,” per Dave Birkett of the Free Press.
Following the game, Frank’s brother Jack took to social media to celebrate his brother’s accomplishment, encouraged fans to vote for him to go to the Pro Bowl, and provided everyone with the news that the “little something” Frank had to get done was meniscus surgery.
Playing less than two weeks after meniscus surgery is quite remarkable. Obviously, people recover differently, but we have to remember that this is the same person who played with a fractured throat in 2020.
Jack got it right, Frank is a “certified psycho.”