TPrior to kickoff it was unclear whether center Frank Ragnow would be able to suit up after suffering a groin injury during practice earlier in the week. And how would Joe Dahl, a starter prior to suffering his own groin injury in Week 1, fit back into the lineup after being activated off injured reserve on Saturday?
Ragnow ended up getting the green light and, at least to start this week, the Lions stuck with the status quo, the starting front they’d used the past two games, with Tyrell Crosby at right tackle and free-agent addition Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right tackle. That left Dahl as a reserve.
But things got flipped on their head quickly when both Crosby and Vaitai were knocked from the lineup with issues relating to the humid Florida conditions. Crosby headed to the locker room in the first half with dehydration and didn’t return, while Vaitai exited the contest multiple times to receive oxygen on the sideline.
Yet despite all the moving parts, the Lions didn’t allow a sack and ran for 180 yards in the victory over Jacksonville.
“I don’t know if I have ever been in a game where we have played all eight offensive linemen,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “That was a little bit unique. I thought it was great of those guys just being prepared. It was a great lesson for us. I think our guys do a phenomenal job of this every single week of just being ready to go. You never know when your number is going to be called and when it gets called, you have to go out there and perform really well and I thought they did.”
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