Enemkpali tore his right ACL in Buffalo's preseason opener versus the Colts. Now, the Bills have lost two key linebackers to torn ACLs, the other being rookie Reggie Ragland, and are still without their first-round pick, LB Shaq Lawson. If Enemkpali clears waivers, he'll likely be placed on the Bills' injured reserve list.
Enemkpali was officially diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the 2016 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Enemkpali suffered the injury during Saturday's preseason opener versus the Colts and will now be the latest Bills' defensive player to suffer a significant injury. He's been ruled out for the rest of the season, meaning Lorenzo Alexander could see an uptick in reps, while Manny Lawson (pectoral) is also expected to see increased playing time once back from injury.
Enemkpali is believed to have suffered a torn ACL during Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Enemkpali is undergoing an MRI to confirm the initial diagnosis, but at this stage it looks like the Bills' defense has suffered yet another significant hit to its banged-up outside linebacker corps.
Enemkpali went down in the second quarter as he was engaged with a blocker while rushing Indianapolis quarterback Scott Tolzien. The injury further depletes the Bills' depth at outside linebacker. Rookie first-round pick Shaq Lawson is out until Week 6 at the earliest after undergoing shoulder surgery in May while veteran Manny Lawson remains out with a partially torn pectoral muscle.
Enemkpali has seemingly been passed by Eric Striker on the outside linebacker depth chart, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.
With Manny Lawson expected back from injury around the third preseason game, that may be it for Enemkpali's chance for a temporary starting spot. Coach Rex Ryan still likes him, but his pass coverage is well below par and with starter Reggie Ragland not being so great in that area either, it looks like the Bills will look to the more well-rounded and undersized Striker for now.
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