Offensive line injuries are troubling heading into Minnesota
Injuries continue to mount when it comes to the Detroit Lions. Now the organization will be forced to replace its probably top player Frank Ragnow for several weeks.
The Detroit Lions recently put one of the league’s top offensive linemen on hold in what head coach Dan Campbell described as “a kind of grass toe”.
Ragnow has received the second highest rating from Pro Football Focus (PFF) with a grade of 86.2. Jason Kelce leads the category with a grade of 88.2. Ragnow scores as a better all-round center, albeit with an elite pass blocking mark of 90.2 along with a reliable run blocking rate of 75.6.
Kelce is 95.2 as a pass blocker, but 58.2 as a poor run blocker.
Where will the Detroit Lions go in hopes of replacing their Pro Bowl Center?
With Ragnow on the shelf joining a number of Detroit Lions, the organization will bet on Evan Brown. Brown stepped in for Ragnow early last week after the center left the competition in its fourth year.
According to the PFF, Brown got an overall rating of 53.3, which includes a pass blocking rating of 61.3 and a run blocking rating of 47.6 over 60 offensive snaps this season.
If it doesn’t work out with Brown, I wouldn’t be shocked if Detroit joins Logan Stenberg as a lineman in his sophomore year. Stenberg spent some time learning the center position last summer in hopes of expanding his skills and making himself more valuable as a professional.
Detroit might choose to shove Jonah Jackson, who spent some time in college as a center but mainly worked as a guard to put Stenberg on the lineup.
The Detroit Lions also recently signed Ryan McCollum of the Houston Texans’ training team. Detroit made that move before placing Ragnow on IR, but the signing was certainly the signal fans feared most; This ailing Lions team would possibly be without its two best, maybe three offensive linemen for a few weeks.
Ragnow joins a long list of injured Lions, including Taylor Decker, Jeff Okudah, Romeo Okwara, Tyrell Williams, Ifeatu Melifonwu and Kevin Strong Da’Shawn Hand.
The Detroit Lions can do without rookie tackle Penei Sewell, who has yet to train this week. Friday will be a crucial day to watch. If Sewell trains on Friday, he has a chance to play against the Vikings on Sunday; if not, the organization will forego both its launch offensive tackles and launch center. Yikes
Lions Edge Rusher Trey Flowers returned to exercise with a limited leg brace this week. He’s not quite on track to play on Sunday but there is a possibility.
Also monitoring something else, D’Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams, Michael Brockers and TJ Hockenson were all restricted during the training week.