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Former Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland cleared to practice for Buffalo Bills

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Ragland is back and Bills fans are excited.

After suffering a serious knee injury that sideline him throughout his rookie season, the former Alabama linebacker has recovered and expects to participate in practice for Buffalo. According to a video posted on the team’s Twitter feed, trainers already have Ragland doing some individual drills.

“For the most part, it feels great,” Ragland said in reference to his knee.

Before he was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Ragland proved his dominance in a long lineage of linebackers at the University of Alabama under Nick Saban. A four-star prospect in the Crimson Tide’s 2012 recruiting class, the Huntsville (Ala.) native became the team’s anchor on defense in 2015.

He turned in 102 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Ragland was also credited with seven pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles through 15 games. He carried Alabama to a Southeastern Conference championship, a Cotton Bowl victory and a College Football Playoff national title in 2015, while earning the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

A healthy Ragland provides a force for the Bills in the AFC East.

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

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