By Pete Sweeney
The former second-rounder said Saturday the unfortunate combination of turf workouts and elevation change in Mexico City “had blew his knee straight up.”
“It was tough,” Ragland said. “Not to be out there with my guys for the first couple weeks. But everybody just kept telling me, ‘Take your time. Make sure your right when you come back.’ And that’s just what I was doing.”
As a precaution, Ragland was held out of the Chiefs’ first preseason game on Thursday night, as was fellow starting inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (hamstring).
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach signed Hitchens this offseason as a complement to Ragland, who he acquired from the Buffalo Bills last offseason. Hitchens went through a limited practice on Saturday and is coming along.
Ragland is hoping for some in-game repetitions with Hitchens at some point this preseason, though whether the duo will start Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons still remains to be seen.
“It’s very important (to get reps next to Hitchens) because there are going to be times when things are going so fast, and I just got to know how he’s feeling or I got to know his position and know everything, so for the most part, I’m excited to really get to know...