Detroit Lions News: Frank Ragnow out for season after undergoing surgery

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The Detroit Lions are approaching the weekend for Week 6, still winless. It seems like the gut punches just keep coming for the Lions. This time, it’s center Frank Ragnow who is going to be out for the remainder of the 2021 season.

It’s another injury that takes a player away long-term, and it just seems like the Detroit Lions cannot seem to catch a break as the injuries continue to pile up. Ragnow heads to the Injured Reserve (IR) after undergoing surgery on his toe.

He sustained an injury to his “stupid toe” as it was labeled and ultimately has had his season ended because of it. The surgery went well and was successful, which means that he can hopefully get back on the field ready to go next season, but this year is in the books for him.

Remember, last season, Ragnow only missed two games after a fractured throat sidelined him, and he opted to basically play through it as much as possible and safe for him to do. So losing Ragnow for the rest of the season is undoubtedly going to bug him, given that he likely would play through an injury if he could. It, at least, appears that way.

Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow is out for the 2021 season.

Without Ragnow, the Lions’ offensive line will drop a bit in terms of strength. However, there are reports of Taylor Decker getting back on the field for an evaluation period, which will help beef things back up down the road, but it’s Evan Brown who will take over now at center.

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Brown made his first start against the Minnesota Vikings in last weekend’s heartbreaking loss. Brown is certainly not at Ragnow’s level or anywhere near it, but he’s going to have to step into some big footsteps looking to help the Lions find that first win.