Midway through the second quarter of the Detroit Lions’ contest with the New Orleans Saints, center Frank Ragnow went down with a lower-body injury after getting leg-whipped and rolled up on by a teammate. Ragnow walked very gingerly off the field, and was carted to the locker room.
The team announced shortly thereafter that he’s questionable to return with a knee injury.
UPDATE: In the second half, Ragnow was downgraded to OUT. He will not return.
UPDATE 2: Coach Dan Campbell provided a somewhat optimistic update after the game.
“We won’t know until tomorrow. At first, coming off, it sounded like one thing, and after the fact it sounded like something a little bit different (better). So one’s not as good. One sounds more positive. I won’t know until tomorrow.”
To replace Ragnow, the Lions moved right guard Graham Glasgow to center, and put rookie Colby Sorsdal in at right guard. Glasgow has regularly played center all season, as Ragnow has battled a myriad of injuries. Sorsdal has moved all over the Lions offensive line, but at times it appeared Detroit was grooming him to be their future right guard.
Detroit got off to a quick 21-0 lead seven minutes into the game, but the offense has since been slowed down, and the Saints were able to find the end zone early in the second quarter to draw it to a two-score game.
In the end, the Lions escaped the win by the skin of their teeth, but they have moved to 9-3 on the season. We’ll see shortly if Ragnow will get to be a part of those final five games of the regular season as Detroit makes their playoff push.