Dan Campbell offers injury update on Lions center Frank Ragnow
After Sunday’s win over the Washington Commanders, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell attempted to quell concerns about center Frank Ragnow’s injury.
After playing through a listed groin injury in Week 1, Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow popped up on the injury report with a foot injury last week. The two ailments combined to sideline him Sunday against the Washington Commanders.
If a foot injury sounds familiar for Ragnow, it should. He suffered at turf toe (a torn plantar plate) injury early in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears last season, and after initially thinking he could play through it he became resigned to needing season-ending surgery.
A very small segment of Lions fans may be frustrated by another injury for Ragnow, and quite frankly he may miss more than just Sunday’s game. But this is a man who played with a fractured throat a couple years ago, so his toughness should not be questioned. If he’s not suiting up, he’s legitimately injured.
Lions head coach Dan Campbell offers Frank Ragnow injury update
After Sunday’s game, Lions head coach Dan Campbell acknowledged Ragnow’s current injury is to the same toe that required surgery last October. But via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the concern level is low. Not that Campbell would say so if the concern level was high.
"It is (the same toe), but we’re not concerned,” Campbell said. “We’re not concerned. We feel like the thing will heal up. We just need to give it a little time.”"
Ragnow, per Birkett, re-injured his foot on the opening drive of the Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Surely with adrenaline taking over in game mode, he did not miss a snap against the Eagles.
It’s unclear if Ragnow will be able to play Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings, with Wednesday’s practice report as the first indicator. But he doesn’t seem to be facing a particularly lengthy absence, based on Campbell’s expected optimism, so that’s good news unless proven otherwise.