Frank Ragnow to miss rest of Lions' season with injury, per report
Frank Ragnow went on injured reserve following the Detroit Lions’ Week 4 loss due to a toe injury. However, it appears the former Arkansas center won’t be ready to return after 3 weeks when he’s eligible — and he also won’t be playing again in 2021.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ragnow is undergoing season-ending surgery on his injured toe, a decision that was made after he consulted with Dr. Robert Anderson. Ragnow will now focus on getting fully healthy for 2022.
Ragnow was selected by Detroit in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, getting taken with the No. 20 overall pick. The 25-year-old has since lived up to expectations, as he played 45 games over his first 3 seasons and made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2020.
However, Ragnow’s 2021 season is over after only 4 games. It’s a tough blow for the Lions, who have lost each of their first 5 games of the year.
When Ragnow returns next season, he should continue to be a key part of Detroit’s offensive line. Earlier this year, he signed a four-year, $54 million extension with the Lions that will keep him under contract through the end of the 2026 season.