The Detroit Lions have had a brutal string of luck to start the 2021 season. After losing on a record-breaking field goal to Justin Tucker two weeks ago, the Lions fell again on Sunday on a last-second, 54-yard kick from the Minnesota Vikings.
The unlucky news for Detroit only got worse following a fifth straight loss.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Lions Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow plans to have season-ending toe surgery this week, bringing his 2021 campaign to an early end. The 25-year-old had already been place on the injured reserve last week and the organization’s worst fears were confirmed after he visited with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
The surgery will allow Ragnow to return at full strength for the 2022 season, but the Lions will now be without the 2020 All-Pro for their remaining 12 games this year.
More brutal injury news for Detroit: #Lions Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow will have season-ending toe surgery, sources say, cutting short his 2021 but making sure he has full health for 2022. Ragnow recently saw Dr. Robert Anderson to confirm the necessity. He is already on IR.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 12, 2021
Unfortunately for the Lions, Ragnow isn’t the only notable name on the roster that is in danger of missing the rest of the 2021 season. Second-year wide receiver Quintez Cephus is believed to have suffered a broke collarbone in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings and could be out for the remainder of the year.
The Lions have already lost top cornerback Jeff Okudah to a torn Achilles and really can’t afford to be without any other top contributors. Detroit’s roster is one of the most inexperienced in the league and first-year head coach Dan Campbell will only face a steeper uphill battle without his best players available.
Coming into the 2021 season, few experts expected the Lions to win many games. However, the first five weeks of the year have gone worse than the organization could’ve possibly imagined.
Detroit will hope to get a bit of luck on the injury front and again this upcoming weekend in a meeting with the 3-2 Cincinnati Bengals.
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