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Frank Ragnow finished game with 'fractured throat'
Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow (77) plays against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. 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 said Wednesday that Ragnow played with a fractured throat. Daniel said 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.
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.
Ragnow, a Pro Bowl candidate who has also been nominated for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, has played the most snaps of any NFL center this season. He was the source of much social media chatter earlier this season after a video was posted of his pancake block on Chicago Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.
The Lions play at Tennessee on Sunday.
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