Kiko Alonso Injury: Updates on Bills Linebacker's Knee and Recovery

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Kiko Alonso Injury: Updates on Bills Linebacker's Knee and Recovery
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Updates from Sunday, July 20

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone spoke about Kiko Alonso's injury on Sunday (via the Bills):

Updates from Friday, July 18

Alonso's agent Steve Caric tweeted news on his client's status:

Updates from Wednesday, July 2

Mike Rodak of ESPN passed along the Buffalo Bills' official word on Kiko Alonso's injured knee:

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.

 

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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:

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com spoke with a Bills source on how bad the injury could be:

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll also added his take:

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:

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes that the 23-year-old's versatile skill set makes him nearly irreplaceable:

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. 

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