Allen Park The Detroit Lions will lose their second offensive lineman in the team’s Week 2 game against the Washington Commanders, with Frank Ragno disqualified on Friday.
Ragnow suffered a thigh injury in the week of training leading up to the season opener, but was still able to start the competition, playing all 69 offensive picks. This week, he’s been sidelined for the entire week of training, while adding a foot injury to his list of concerns.
It remains unclear whether this foot injury is related to a surgically repaired toe that has caused the last 13 games to be postponed in 2021.
Injury aside, the injury left the Lions novices ahead after placing right guard Halapulivati Vaithai in an injured reserve position with a back injury that required surgery this week.
And it could be worse for the Lions’ attacking line on Sunday, with goalkeeper Jonah Jackson listed as questionable in the competition.
Jackson, a professional soccer player in 2021, injured his finger during unlined practice on Wednesday. He was on the sidelines for the Friday session with the ring finger of his right hand tied with duct tape. This means that the team faces the possibility of its three inner men falling against Washington.
Logan Stenberg, who was a fourth-round pick in 2020, stepped in to replace Vaitai in the opener, and the team has a well-known commodity in Evan Brown to fill Ragnow in the center. Replacing the second guard point will be even more difficult, especially after putting a reserve higher up Tommy Kramer in the injured reserve this week.
That leaves the two most likely candidates, Drew Forbes and Kayud Oosica, neither of whom was on the list two weeks ago. The Lions claimed Forbes waived the Browns on September 5 and signed Ousica from the Eagles coaching staff on Thursday. Combined, they’ve seen 43 regular season snaps, all of which go to Awosika at the end of last year’s season.
Forbes told the Detroit News that he was able to adapt quickly to his new surroundings because of his welcoming locker room and he has a playbook and talk that overlaps heavily with what he’s accustomed to from his time in Cleveland.
But when asked about the possibility of playing against Washington, he deferred answering those questions until after the game.
As for Osica, he may need to be active on Sunday, despite only practicing twice with lions under his belt.
“He appeared in a movie and then, practically here yesterday, it was good to see him move,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said of Ousica. “I mean, he’s got good motor skills, and he’s got some strength. There again, he’s new in our terms, and he’s young too. He didn’t really play. But we like ability, he seems to be a very sharp guy.”
In addition to Jackson, Black also listed running back D’Andre Swift, Cornerback Amani Oruwariye and Ifeatu Melifonwu as suspect.
Swift, who rushed for 144 yards in the season opener, returned to training Friday with limited ability after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a sprained ankle. Meanwhile, Oruwariye, the Detroit linebacker who intercepted six assists last season, was out for the second day in a row with a tight back.
Swift declined requests for interviews in the locker room after Friday’s practice, but told reporters earlier in the week that he planned to play against Washington.