Eagles HC Chip Kelly told reporters on Wednesday that ILB Kiko Alonso is dealing with a sprained knee, and they expect to evaluate him this week.
- Kelly added that Alonso’s status for Week 3 is uncertain at this point in time.
- Mike Garafolo cautions that evaluations on whether Alonso can play through his knee injury are still ongoing.
Previous reports have said that Alonso has a partial ACL tear, so it would be pretty surprising to see him available for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
Former NFL physician David Chao mentions that the issue for Alonso is whether his knee is stable or not, as partial ACL tears are common to see upon an MRI, but are very rare when orthopedists get a look inside knee.
Chao adds that once an ACL is stretched or loosened, it does not tighten up, even after it heals. Because of this, partial ACL tears don’t do well in the NFL on a long-term basis.
In the end, Chao believes the best long-term move for the Eagles and Alonso would be for Kiko to undergo surgery on his knee and ensure that it’s 100 percent.
Philadelphia have signed LB Najee Goode to their roster to provide some depth at the position.
Alonso, 25, is in the third year of his four-year, $4.300 million rookie contract that included $2.463 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $745,946 and $941,418 over the final two years of the agreement.