By Jeff O'Brien

Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow told teammates he couldn’t talk because of an injury and continued playing against the Green Bay Packers.

Lions quarterback Chase Daniel says Wednesday that Ragnow played with a fractured throat. Daniel says the team didn’t miss a beat even though Ragnow could not make calls on the line in a 31-24 loss to Green Bay.

Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow (77) signals before a play during the first half of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, December 13, 2020. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ragnow did not practice Wednesday because of a throat injury, according to the team’s practice report.

Daniel played in the fourth quarter in place of Matthew Stafford, who was knocked out of the game by a rib injury.

Detroit drafted Ragnow out of Arkansas with the No. 20 pick overall in 2018. He has started every game this year, missed only one game last season and started in all 16 games as a rookie. The Lions play at Tennessee on Sunday.

 

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