Lions' wobbling O-line loses Ragnow 'for a pretty long time'


Just a week ago, Dan Campbell said he felt like the Lions were in good shape "injury wise." Four days later, the Lions lost arguably their best player on defense and easily their best player on offense in an ugly loss to the Bears.

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OLB Romeo Okwara is done for the year with a torn Achilles. And now Frank Ragnow has landed on injured reserve with a toe injury that will sideline him for at least the next three games, likely longer.

The earliest Ragnow can return from IR is Week 8 against the Eagles, but Campbell said Wednesday the Pro Bowl center is "going to be down for a pretty long time." With Detroit's bye coming in Week 9, Ragnow likely won't return to the field before Week 10 against the Steelers. And even that feels optimistic.

Oh, and rookie LT Penei Sewell suffered an ankle injury against the Bears and may or may not play Sunday against the Vikings, Campbell announced Wednesday. Just for some salt in the wound.

Everyone deals with injuries in the NFL, but this is an especially painful turn for the Lions. The one strength of this team was its offensive line, which now feels like a weakness. On top of losing Ragnow and potentially Sewell, the Lions have yet to get a snap from starting LT Taylor Decker due to a finger injury.

Backup Evan Brown, who filled in for Ragnow against the Bears, figures to start at center Sunday in Minnesota, with Matt Nelson at right tackle, Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right guard, Jonah Jackson at left guard and a question mark at left tackle.

The Lions also signed C Ryan McCollum on Tuesday from the Texans' practice squad.

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