The winless, and banged-up Detroit Lions have taken another hit.
Lions standout center Frank Ragnow has a season-ending toe injury that requires surgery, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not provided an update on Ragnow’s condition.
Ragnow was hurt earlier this month at Chicago after he snapped the ball off quarterback Jared Goff, who was approaching the line to communicate with linemen, and into the hands of Bears defensive lineman Bilal Nichols.
Ragnow went on injured reserve last week and center Evan Brown made the first start of his three-year, four-team NFL career in Sunday’s loss at Minnesota.
The Lions (0-5) host the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) on Sunday.
Ragnow’s injury is one of many ailments that have taken some of the team’s top players off the active roster.
The team placed receiver Quintez Cephus on the injured list Tuesday and added receiver Javon McKinley to the practice squad to replace tight end Jared Pinkney. Cephus, who broke his collarbone after making a catch against the Vikings, leads the team with 13.6 yards per catch and is its only wide receiver averaging 40 yards receiving per game.
Ragnow and Cephus joined a long list of hurt players. Linebacker Romeo Okwara had a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. Cornerback Jeff Okudah, left tackle Taylor Decker, rookie defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu and wide receiver Tyrell Williams are on injured reserve with a total of 13 players.
Decker is eligible to return and coach Dan Campbell said the veteran will probably rejoin the starting offense at left tackle with rookie Penei Sewell shifting back to the right side.
In May, the Lions signed Ragnow to a $54 million, four-year extensionthat keeps him under contract for a total of $70 million through the 2026 season. He earned second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition last year.
Detroit drafted him No. 20 overall out of Arkansas in 2018. Ragnow has started all 49 games he’s appeared in over three seasons. He played with a fractured throat in a loss to Green Bay last December. He was inactive for the next two games and returned for the final game of the 2020 season.
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