After Bills second round draft pick Reggie Ragland suffered a non-contact knee injury on Friday, head coach Rex Ryan said it didn’t look like he damaged any ligaments. One day later, Ragland’s status remains uncertain but the outlook is not as positive.
“We have to get the swelling out of there before we know exactly what it is,” said Ryan. “However long that takes, we’re not real sure. But obviously, with a knee [injury] there is a lot of concern.”
Ragland injured his left knee covering a sweep run play during 11-on-11 drills on Friday. Before reaching running back Reggie Bush, he pulled up, hopped a few times on his right leg before crumpling to the ground. Ragland was expected to be a key contributor at inside linebacker in his rookie season.
“We hope like heck Reggie will be available to us,” said Ryan. “He is a heck of a football player. He’s one of those 150-tackles-in-a-season type guy. That loss would be a big one for us, but hopefully he’ll be alright.”
Ryan admitted that the Bills plan on working out free agent linebackers starting Sunday at St. John Fisher.
The Bills first two draft picks of 2016 could miss significant time this season. First rounder Shaq Lawson is still recovering from shoulder surgery and has yet to practice at training camp.
“We know Shaq is coming back at some point in the year,” said Ryan. “He’s there in every single meeting. We know it’s going to be okay with Shaq at some point.”
The Bills are off on Sunday before their eighth session of training camp on Monday.