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Bills' Reggie Ragland: Man in the middle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

New coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday that Ragland (knee) will be his starting middle linebacker, reports. "What innately comes at that position is the leadership skills. His character really possesses those leadership skills and can be the antenna of that defense," McDermott said. "In this system, it has been guys like Luke Kuechly, Jeremiah Trotter. Guys that can check the defense, get us out of bad calls. That is an important part of that position. Reggie, from what I've observed and been told, has that DNA."

This is a bit of a surprise, as most would assume Preston Brown and his three seasons of 100-plus tackles would be manning the middle, whereas Ragland missed his entire rookie season due to ACL surgery. In fact, we'll need to dig into this a bit more in the coming weeks, as Brown wasn't even mentioned when McDermott was talking about his starting outside linebackers. Perhaps McDermott misspoke a bit, or he'll have enough looks with his defense that both Ragland and Brown can see the field, so we'll see how it plays out once the team starts practicing again. For now, just know that the new coach has big plans for the second-year player from Alabama.

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Bills' Reggie Ragland: Setting plans for 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ragland, who had successful ACL surgery before his rookie season could even get off the ground, expects to be ready to play by August but still has some recovery time left, reports. "I probably won't run for another month or so to make sure my quad is right and I'm back stronger," said Ragland. "I think we were thinking about me getting back on the field in August," he said. "I know in (June) minicamp I'll be working myself back and not rush myself into it."

Ragland made a great impression all summer following his second-round selection, but that went up in smoke with a devastating training camp injury. The Bills got surprisingly good play from their substitute linebackers -- Ragland had been tabbed as a starter -- as Zach Brown put up an eye-popping 149 tackles and arguably should have made the Pro Bowl. With a new coaching staff and likely a new defense in store for the Bills, we'll see how it all shakes out. To add further question marks, both Brown and Lorenzo Alexander are unrestricted free agents.

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Bills' Reggie Ragland: Minor shoulder surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ragland, who is on IR as he continues to recover from an August ACL knee surgery, recently had a scope performed in order to clear up a minor right shoulder injury, reports.

The shoulder is expected to be back to 100 percent well before Raglund's knee is fully healed. While the Bills have a number of players on injured reserve and a few are candidates to be the one player selected to return this season, Raglund will not be one of them. Long term, the Bills seem to love what the second-rounder brings to the table, so he could be a nice addition to an improving defense in 2017.

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Bills' Reggie Ragland: Officially placed on injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Ragland (knee) was placed on the Bills' injured reserve list Tuesday.

The 2016 second-rounder suffered a torn ACL at the beginning of training camp. To say the least, his loss won't go unnoticed in 2016; Ragland was a projected starter at linebacker before going down.

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Bills' Reggie Ragland: No update yet
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Ragland's knee has too much swelling for a clear diagnosis to made regarding the injury he suffered during last Friday's practice, reports.

Ragland had an initial MRI that revealed what is believed to be a partial ACL tear and was slated to get a second opinion Monday. However, since his knee is still pretty swollen, head coach Rex Ryan could not give an update on Ragland's condition following practice. While Ragland's situation will continue to be monitored, Buffalo's signings of veteran linebackers Brandon Spikes and David Hawthorne on Sunday seem to indicate Ragland could be slated for an extended sideline stint.

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