Updates from Sunday, July 20
Marrone on Kiko Alonso: "We're disappointed he won't be out there," mentions Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown as candidates to fill in.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) July 20, 2014
Updates from Friday, July 18
Alonso's agent Steve Caric tweeted news on his client's status:
Kiko Alonso underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair his ACL. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.— Steve Caric (@Caricsportsmgt) July 18, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 2
Mike Rodak of ESPN passed along the Buffalo Bills' official word on Kiko Alonso's injured knee:
Bills confirm that Kiko Alonso has suffered a torn ACL— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) July 2, 2014
General manager Doug Whaley spoke about Alonso's injury in a release on the team website:
We have updated information regarding Kiko Alonso. 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.
Few rookies were better than Kiko Alonso last season, giving Buffalo Bills fans high hopes for 2014. However, his sophomore season has already taken a detour after he suffered a knee injury.
"We have learned tonight that Kiko Alonso injured his knee while working out in Oregon," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said, per the team's official website. "We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it may be significant."
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it's a devastating injury for Alonso:
Bills LB Kiko Alonso tore his ACL and is expected to miss season, per source. It’s considered a seven- to nine-month recovery. Blow for BUF.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 2, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com spoke with a Bills source on how bad the injury could be:
Doom and gloom from #Bills sources on Kiko Alonso’s torn ACL (pending tests): “It’s not good.” And “Hoping for the best expecting the worse”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 2, 2014
Bleacher Report's Will Carroll also added his take:
The 7-9 month timeframe from @AdamSchefter indicates Alonso's injury is an isolated ACL sprain.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) July 2, 2014
And remember — seven months from now is February. Why rush if you're Alonso or the Bills? The goal is NEXT July.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) July 2, 2014
Alonso finished third in the NFL in combined tackles last year (159) and won the Defensive Rookie of the Year last season. How he missed out on the Pro Bowl is anybody's guess. Field Yates of ESPN highlights how often the rising star was on the field:
Kiko Alonso played every defensive snap for the Bills in 2013, 1145 total. One of just 3 NFL LB's to play 100% of D snaps in 2013.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 2, 2014
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes that the 23-year-old's versatile skill set makes him nearly irreplaceable:
Hate to hear this injury news about Kiko Alonso. It's hard to find LBs with his size that can run/cover/blitz. Would be a huge loss for BUF.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) July 2, 2014
Although Buffalo finished 6-10 last season, a marked improvement looked in the cards. The Bills arguably played below their talent level.
Without Alonso, though, their defense will be without one of its best players. If he's out for the season, a turnaround will be tougher to come by.