According to Rapoport, Alonso’s injury isn’t quite as bad as the Eagles had thought initially. However, it will be determined by others whether he’ll be able to play this season or sit out the remainder of the year.
Philadelphia has already signed LB Najee Goode to fill in for Alonso while he’s out.
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.
- According to Eskin, Alonso could be somewhere between two to four weeks.
- Les Bowen mentions that it’s his understanding that Alonso has a Grade 2 sprain – a partial tear – of his repaired left ACL, which would not be season-ending.
Garafolo adds that there’s still some evaluation and conversation that needs to take place regarding Alonso, and nothing has been decided right now However, his season is in jeopardy, according to Garafolo.
- Alonso is undergoing an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his knee injury.
Alonso wound up missing the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL in the same knee.
To make matters worse, Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks also left the game with a hamstring injury, so what appeared to be a position of strength for them could end up being a weakness moving forward.
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.