The Buffalo Bills got pretty scared when second round pick Reggie Ragland went down with an injury in training camp. The Bills have already lost first round pick Shaq Lawson for part of the season and they were relying on Ragland to pick up the slack. Thankfully, the injury doesn't look like it will be too bad. According to Adam Schefter, an MRI revealed that Ragland has only a partial tear in his ACL.

Implications

If the MRI is accurate, Ragland will probably miss only a small portion of the regular season. He could even be back as early as week 2 if everything goes right! But that is probably the best case scenario.

And Ragland will have to undergo another MRI to make surethings are OK one more time.

The Bills are really hoping that the news will be good, but they have several other players ready to step up and fill the void should it be bad.

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Replacements

The Bills have signed Brandon Spikes and David Hawthorne to fill the gaping holes at linebacker. Brandon Spikes has some previous experience with the team, having played for a year with the team. The Billsled the league in sacks when Spikes was a leader on the defense in 2014. Hawthorne is a 31-year-old veteran who knows his way around and should provide invaluable experience to the linebacking corps. The Bills would still prefer to have their talented second round pick back on the field as soon as possible.

Are the Bills unlucky?

The Bills have by far the longest playoff drought in the NFL. Some of that has to be attributed to pure bad luck. This year, the Bills have had injuries to both their first and second round picks. Those injuries will cost the Bills immensely, as players that the Bills were counting on disappear. But this seems to happen in every other year as well. The injury bug always seems to bite the Bills harder than it does for other teams.

Kyle Williams constantly has injury issues. Stephon Gilmore can't play a full season. Almost every running back on the roster was hurt at some point last year. When will all this bad luck finally stop for the Bills? Injuries are a part of the game, but they seem to affect the Bills more than any other team.

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