Ragland leaves Bills practice with non-contact knee injury

Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 05, 2016

The Buffalo Bills are already without their first-round draft pick in Shaq Lawson due to an injury, which makes the biggest news out of training camp on Friday especially hard to hear if you're a Bills fan.

Second-round pick Reggie Ragland, who was slated to start in his first season with the team, suffered a knee injury at the tail end of practice and had to leave practice early. It occurred on a non-contact play in which Ragland was defending a sweep running play near the left sideline, and then collapsed to the ground. Coaches immediately yelled for trainers to go look at him.

Ragland stayed on the ground for several minutes as they looked at his left knee, and even owner Terry Pegula hovered over him while he was being checked out. Ragland was able to get up and walk to the locker room under his own power.



Starting center Eric Wood was the first to run over to Ragland when he was down.

"I thought he cramped up, and I’m not sure what happened," Wood said. "I was actually walking over to help him up and then he got looked at by the trainers."

Following the practice, Rex Ryan addressed reporters after the practice

"Reggie went off. It’s a knee," Ryan said in his opening address. "I’m not sure of the extent of that injury, but we’ll obviously, we’ll be very concerned with that injury, but hopefully right now it doesn’t appear to be with the ligaments involves, so we’ll just keep our fingers crossed there."

The extent of the injury at this point, however, is still unknown.

"I don’t know if he hyperextended it, I’m not sure, but it just looked odd," Ryan said. "He wasn’t hit, none of that stuff. But sometimes those can be the worst ones, so I’m hoping. We’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed and hope he’s fine."

The head coach also said that at this point they do not believe it to be a torn ACL.

With or without Ragland, the Bills next get back to practice on Saturday night for the team's yearly scrimmage at training camp. Keep checking back for any new details on the situation as it evolves.

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