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MN native Frank Ragnow played through fractured throat against Packers

"Eh I've seen tough," tweeted his brother.
Frank Ragnow

Before reading the headline, did you know there was such a thing as a fractured throat? This writer certainly did it, but thanks to Minnesota native Frank Ragnow, the entire world now knows it's possible to play a violent sport with a broken throat. 

Ragnow, a former standout at Chanhassen High School, suffered a fractured throat during the first quarter of Sunday's Lions-Packers game, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

Ragnow finished the game and didn't allow a sack or a quarterback pressure – and he didn't miss a single play. That's one tough dude, though his brother Jack Ragnow sarcastically tweeted that he's seen tougher performances. 

Talking is an issue with his throat injury, though he's able to eat and breathe, according to ESPN

According to the National Institute of Health, most traumatic laryngeal injuries are caused by "high-velocity blunt trauma," typically from car crashes, while the other most common ways to suffer a traumatic throat injury are through sports, physical assault and hanging. 

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