The Detroit Lions, fresh off their victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are gearing up for a crucial matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Despite concerns about injuries, particularly to their elite center, Frank Ragnow, the Lions have received promising news.
Ragnow, a 3-time Pro Bowl center, suffered a sprained knee and ankle during the game against Tampa Bay but displayed remarkable toughness by playing the entire match. Head coach Dan Campbell praised Ragnow’s commitment, emphasizing his willingness to lay it on the line for the team.
“Frank’s a stud. That’s what he does. He’s willing to lay it on the line, and he’s not going to miss it. You may not be 100 percent, but if you feel like you can produce and you can win at 80 percent of yourself — and it’s what Frank does. He believes he can, and he trusts himself, and he trusts those guys next to him,” said Campbell.
Left tackle Taylor Decker echoed the sentiment, hailing Ragnow as a warrior and the best center in football. Despite facing multiple injuries throughout his sixth season, Ragnow’s determination has been evident, playing in 15 regular-season games and both playoff games.
Ragnow’s resilience has been on display despite battling back, calf, toe, and meniscus injuries earlier in the season. He underwent surgery for the meniscus injury and missed a game but has continued to contribute effectively.
As the Lions prepare to face San Francisco’s elite defensive line, which boasts the third-fewest rushing yards allowed and the third-most sacks in the league, the question arises: Will an injured Frank Ragnow and the banged-up Lions offensive line be able to withstand the formidable challenge?
The Lions will undoubtedly rely on Ragnow’s leadership and tenacity as they aim to overcome the defensive prowess of the 49ers and secure a historic win in the NFC Championship Game.