The Buffalo Bills lost Reggie Ragland to a knee injury and will miss him for the rest of the 2016 NFL Season.
Ragland will be in the injured reserve list after he tor his Anterior Cruciate Ligamen (ACL), reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The Bills have already confirmed the bad news via a press release and said that Ragland will undergo surgery on his injured knee.
“#Bills LB Reggie Ragland is set for surgery later this week on his partially torn ACL, per source. The knee is believed to have other damage,” Rapoport tweeted. “During Reggie Ragland’s surgery, he’ll learn whether his season is over or if it’s a 6-8 week recovery. Either way, he’ll miss serious time.”
Based on the initial tests, #Bills LB Reggie Ragland expected to land on IR. A caveat: Last year Kiko Alonso had a similar injury & returned
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 10, 2016
Ragland is a 22-year-old rookie linebacker from Alabama and was the 41st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Bills selected in the second round.
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Ragland had a good college career helping Alabama to the national championships in 2016 and 2013 and to three Southeastern Conference (SEC) titles in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Ragland was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
Bills back-ups Zach Brown, Brandon Spikes, Randell Johnson and David Hawthorne will battle for the starting spot at LB left by Ragland along with Preston Brown.
Rex Ryan, the coach for the Bills, talked about the Ragland injury in a press conference Thursday.
“He’s really hurt by it. He wants to play and show everybody the kind of player he is. … He knows he’s an outstanding player. He wants to prove he’s the best linebacker in that draft class, but more than anything he wants to be a part of this team and help this team and I think that hurts him more than anything,” Ryan stated.
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