Detroit Lions place center Frank Ragnow on injured reserve

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The Detroit Lions will be without Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow for at least the next three weeks after they placed him on injured reserve Wednesday.

Ragnow suffered a turf toe injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears. He left the game after a premature snap that bounced off Jared Goff’s leg and into the hands of a Bears defensive lineman.

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Lions coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Ragnow likely would be out for this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, and the organization said privately the injury probably would sideline Ragnow for multiple weeks.

The Lions (0-4) played the first four games of the season without starting left tackle Taylor Decker, and a position group that was considered one of the team’s foremost strengths heading into the season could now be a liability.

Rookie Penei Sewell is expected to make his fifth straight start at left tackle this week against the Vikings, and Evan Brown likely will replace It Ragnow at center.

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The Lions also signed rookie center Ryan McCollum off the Houston Texans practice squad Tuesday.

Along with Ragnow and Decker, who has been out since undergoing surgery on his left hand days before a season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Lions have lost their top pass rusher (Romeo Okwara) and cornerback (Jeff Okudah) to season-ending Achilles’ tendon injuries; have been without their projected No. 1 receiver (Tyrell Williams) since he suffered a brain injury in Week 1; and have not had starting outside linebacker Trey Flowers the past two weeks because of knee and shoulder injuries.

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