Detroit Lions sign C Ryan McCollum from Houston Texans

With Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow expected to be absent for several weeks due to a lawn toe injury, the Detroit Lions signed a potential replacement on Tuesday as part of their weekly roster.

The Lions signed rookie center Ryan McCollum from the Houston Texans training team and placed outside linebacker Romeo Okwara in the injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

McCollum started parts of three seasons at Texas A&M and didn’t go out in the spring.

Ragnow sustained a lawn toe injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s Chicago Bears loss. He left the game after a premature snap that ricocheted off Jared Goff’s leg and fell into the hands of a Bears defensive lineman.

Lions coach Dan Campbell said Ragnow was in doubt about playing the Minnesota Vikings this week, and the Lions have told others in the league that Ragnow could miss several games.

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Evan Brown is expected to start against the Vikings in the middle. Lions (0-4) must keep McCollum on their active list for at least the next three weeks.

Together with McCollum, the Lions promoted external linebacker Jessie Lemonier from the training team to the 53-man roster.

The team also protected four practice team players this week, which means they can’t sign with other teams: Safety Jalen Elliott, Defensive Tackle Bruce Hector, Quarterback Steven Montez and Kicker Ryan Santoso, who has been with Austin Seibert for the past two weeks The reserve / COVID-19 list has taken over the table soccer tasks.

Okwara announced on Instagram that he will have surgery to repair his Achilles tendon later this week.

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