UPDATE: Joe Buscaglia of WKBW-TV just sent out this tweet:
#Bills C Eric Wood, who was the first player over to Ragland to help him up, said "I thought he cramped up, and I'm not sure what happened."— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) August 5, 2016
One week into training camp, the Buffalo Bills have their first major injury scare.
Rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland, considered to be a week one starter and a key cog of the defense this season, suffered a knee injury during today's session.
Rex Ryan said Reggie Ragland has a knee injury. Not sure of the extent of it. "Very concerned," right now it doesn't appear to be ligaments— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) August 5, 2016
There was no contact with Ragland on the play, which is usually a bad sign; players like Reggie Wayne of the Colts and Jamal Anderson of the Falcons, to name a few, have had serious knee injuries without being touched on the play.
The key is that there doesn't appear to be any ligament damage. If there is, that might cost Ragland his rookie season. If not, it could be anywhere from the rest of camp to a few weeks in the regular season. Ideally, their concern stems more from Ragland's importance to the team than the apparent severity of the injury, and he'll be fine by the end of the day. We'll keep our fingers crossed.