Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso underwent surgery on Dec. 5 to repair a broken thumb that he suffered against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. His official playing status for Week 15 against the New York Jets has yet to be announced.
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Monday, Dec. 12
Alonso told reporters he "feels good" about his chances of playing against the Jets.
Injury Disrupts Solid Season for Alonso
Alonso is having a strong debut season in Miami. He's the Dolphins' leading tackler (97 combined tackles) and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.
In 12 games this year, Alonso's backup, Mike Hull, has 19 combined tackles.
During his press conference on Dec. 4, head coach Adam Gase spoke highly of the 25-year-old, per the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson: "I thought [Hull] did a good job. He's so instinctive. You see him move and guys are not as quick as him to see things. He's got that ability to see things happen before they happen."
At 7-5, the Dolphins are one game behind the Denver Broncos for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. Miami can ill afford to be without one of its best defenders as it heads into the playoff stretch, but it will have to rely on its depth until Alonso is able to return.