When Buffalo Bills star second-year linebacker Kiko Alonso went down with a knee injury during a workout on Tuesday, the team and fans everywhere hoped for the best, but they also prepared for the worst. Well on Wednesday, unfortunately, the worst fears were confirmed as team general manager Doug Whaley stated that Alonso did in fact tear his ACL, and will likely miss the 2014 season.
“Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will most likely miss the 2014 season,” Whaley said. “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.”
Alonso was indeed one of the top rookies in the 2013 class. Drafted out of Oregon by the Bills in the second round of the 2013 draft with the no. 46 overall pick, Alonso burst on the scene for this young AFC East group, registering 159 tackles with two sacks and four interceptions.
He was expected to not only keep progressing this season, but be the cornerstone of this Bills defense for years to come.
Alonso can still be that cornerstone, but it appears that he’s now going to have to pick that up next year, once he gets done with the extensive rehab that is ahead of him.