Banged-up Lions put center Frank Ragnow on injured reserve

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP)The Detroit Lions put standout center Frank Ragnow on injured reserve, another setback for a banged-up winless team.

The Lions made the move along with signing linebacker Jessie Lemonier off the practice squad and activating kicker Austin Seibert from the COVID-19 reserve list.

Detroit was without tight end T.J. Hockenson and offensive tackle Penei Sewell on Wednesday. Hockenson missed the afternoon session because of a knee injury.

Sewell, the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, had an ankle injury during the Lions’ loss at Chicago on Sunday.

”He’s a little banged up,” Detroit coach Dan Campbell said before practice.

The Lions (0-4) are expected to give center Evan Brown his first career start in his three-year, four-team NFL career on Sunday at Minnesota (1-3). Detroit signed center Ryan McCollum from Houston’s practice squad to add depth at the position on Tuesday.

The Lions started the season with a slim margin for error and have been hurt by a slew of setbacks with key players.

Linebacker Romeo Okwara had a season-ending Achilles tendon injury against the Bears. Okwara joined cornerback Jeff Okudah, left tackle Taylor Decker, rookie defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu and wide receiver Tyrell Williams on injured reserve.

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