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Buffalo Bills linebacker Reggie Ragland to miss 2016 season

Buffalo Bills linebacker Reggie Ragland (No. 59) warming up for training camp: Mark Konezny - USA TODAY Sports


He was projected to start at middle linebacker for coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills, but unfortunately Reggie Ragland will be limited to the sidelines in 2016.

The former Alabama standout and 2015 Butkus Award finalist sustained a knee injury last week at Bills’ training camp. According to a tweet from ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was the first diagnosis from the magnetic resonance imaging.

Ragland went to have a second MRI done on Monday and it’s been confirmed that he does have a torn ACL. The second-round pick is scheduled to miss the entire season, per Schefter.

Prior to being drafted, Ragland came in a long line of stellar inside linebackers at Alabama.

He anchored a unit that led the nation against the run (75.7 ypg), while being among college football’s best in total defense (276.3 ypg) and scoring defense (15.1 ppg). Ragland led the team in tackles (102) and added 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles in 15 games, during the Crimson Tide’s 2015 national championship year.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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