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Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow expected to miss Week 14 vs. Bears

The Detroit Lions will be without their Pro Bowl center against the Chicago Bears.

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Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell confirmed on Friday morning what fans were fearing: center Frank Ragnow is expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

“Yeah, I don’t see him going,” Campbell said. “I don’t see him going, but he is improving. He’s getting better, he’s getting better. So, yeah, I don’t see him going.”

Ragnow suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints and did not return. The good news for Ragnow is that while there were initial fears of a long-term injury with the knee, further testing this week revealed that it was not as serious.

“I feel like more than anything, we got good news,” Campbell said earlier in the week.

With Ragnow out, Graham Glasgow will slide into the center position, where he is more than capable. The veteran offensive lineman has already logged 124 snaps at center this year, including the team’s Week 8 win over the Raiders where Detroit rushed for 222 yards.

With Glasgow moving to center, the Lions have a couple options to fill in at right guard. The most likely option appears to be rookie Colby Sorsdal, who stepped in during the game last week. While Sorsdal has had an up-and-down season—filling in at three different spots and getting benched earlier in the season—offensive coordinator Ben Johnson expressed some confidence in the rookie player this week.

“It’s really night and day. I think the first game he was in was maybe Atlanta that he had to get thrown in there if I remember correctly. And he really got thrown in at right tackle and it wasn’t his prettiest tape and I think he would admit as much,” Campbell said. “But to see where he’s grown from those early reps and playing interior both right side and left side. He continues to get better each week. Is it perfect? No, but for a rookie, this is learning on the fly a little bit. And he, as well as all of our other young guys, they just continue to get better with reps, and that’s what he needs.”

Sorsdal was in the starting lineup for the Lions’ last matchup against the Chicago Bears, playing left guard. He was credited four pressures allowed per PFF and earned a 45.4 overall grade.

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