Bills GM Doug Whaley has confirmed that LB Kiko Alonso does in fact have a torn ACL and will likely miss the entire 2014 season.
“We have updated information regarding Kiko Alonso,” said Whaley. “Unfortunately he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will most likely miss the 2014 season. He will be scheduled for surgery in the near future and begin a rehabilitation program at the appropriate time. We feel badly for Kiko because he has worked very hard this offseason in preparation for the upcoming season, but we look forward to his return with his style of play that made him one of the league’s outstanding rookies in 2013.”
Nigel Bradham should get an opportunity to step into the starting role with Alonso done for the season.
Alonso, 23, put together an extremely productive rookie season for the Bills, but has been working to make the transition to weak side linebacker this year.
Over the course of 16 games, Alonso recorded 159 tackles two sacks, four interceptions, a forced fumble and two recoveries. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 inside linebacker last season.
- Schefter adds that Alonso will require a seven-to-nine month recovery.
The Bills announced Tuesday night that second-year LB Kiko Alonso suffered a knee injury while working out in Oregon.
- Ian Rapoport reports that the Bills fear Alonso has suffered a torn ACL, but they are still awaiting tests.
Bills GM Doug Whaley has already released a statement regarding the matter.
“We have learned tonight that Kiko Alonso injured his knee while working out in Oregon. We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it may be significant.”
It’s worth mentioning that Alonso underwent an offseason hip surgery, so depending on the severity of his knee injury, he could be forced to undergo another procedure in the coming weeks.