Former Alabama linebacker and current Buffalo Bills rookie Reggie Ragland injured a knee Friday during practice, though the extent of the injury is unclear, head coach Rex Ryan told reporters.
“It doesn’t appear to be where the ligaments are,” Ryan said.
Ragland, drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, pulled up after pursuing teammate Reggie Bush. The Bills have had high hopes for Ragland, as they have earmarked him to be a starter. However, an injury that costs him time off the field could work against him.
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“We’re excited about what he brings to our team,” Bills GM Doug Whaley said of Ragland, per an interview with NFL Network in May. “As coach (Rex Ryan) has always said, what we want to be is a physical team. We want anybody that comes in to play the Buffalo Bills to know that they’re going to have to strap that chinstrap up a little bit tighter, and know that they’re going to be in a fight. That’s what he brings, that physicality. Then you add to the fact that the defense he ran in college is very, very similar to the defense we’re going to be running this year. That and the combination of him coming from a winning program. All those qualities just made us feel like this is the type of guy we want on our team.
“We thought he would be our pick at 19. We never dreamed that we would be able to get him and Shaq Lawson with our first two picks.”
Ragland led Alabama and finished among the top-10 SEC tacklers with 102 (60 solo) last season. He earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was also tabbed as a unanimous All-American.