Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland is expected to miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery this week on a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, the team announced on Wednesday.
Ragland sustained the injury in practice last week. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport originally reported that Ragland could be placed on season-ending injured reserve or miss anywhere from six to eight weeks depending on the severity of the injury.
The Bills, who have missed the playoffs in each of the last 16 seasons, selected Ragland with the No. 41 pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft after trading picks with the Chicago Bears. Buffalo gave up the No. 117 pick and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft to select Ragland.
Ragland was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and an AP first team All-American last season with Alabama after leading the team in tackles.
- Scooby Axson