Justin Rogers The Detroit News
Published 5:15 PM EDT Aug 24, 2019
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions had two key starters exit Friday’s preseason game with leg injuries, but a day later, the franchise and its fan base can breathe a sign of relief.
In an afternoon conference call with reporters, Lions coach Matt Patricia confirmed neither linebacker Jarrad Davis nor center Frank Ragnow suffered season-ending injuries.
“I would say, in regards to Frank and JD, obviously two guys that had some injuries last night, just to let everybody know, these injuries are not season-ending,” Patricia said. “They’ll be healing day-by-day. We’re still evaluating where they’ll be at. The one great thing about these two guys is they have tremendous work ethic and we know they’ll be working as hard as they can to get back as soon as possible.”
Patricia didn’t elaborate on the nature of the injuries, and sticking with a personal philosophy, he declined to put a time table on how soon either could be back.
“I would say any time you have something like this, we don’t try to put a timetable on it because it just puts an unnecessary target on the situation,” Patricia said. “Every injury, every person is different.”
Ragnow, who left the game in the second quarter after he was rolled up on by Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson. According to an NFL Network report, Ragnow suffered only a minor ankle sprain.
A first-round draft pick out of Arkansas last year, Ragnow is transitioning to center after playing his rookie season at guard. He missed just one snap in 2018, when his shoe broke apart during a play and he needed to head to the bench to get a replacement.
The injury Ragnow suffered on Friday was to his right ankle. In 2017, he missed the final five games of his senior season at Arkansas with a high sprain to his left ankle.
As for Davis, his injury appeared the more severe of the two. After teammate Devon Kennard fell into the back of Davis, he struggled to support any weight on his right leg and required the assistance of two trainers to get to the sideline. After an brief evaluation, he was carted to the locker room for more extensive testing.
Despite appearances, Davis isn’t expected to be out long enough for the team to consider placing him on injured reserve, which would have sidelined him a minimum of the first eight weeks of the regular season before he would be eligible to return.
“Right now, no,” Patricia said. “None of these (injuries) are in that category.”
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