After a phenomenal rookie year, Kiko Alonso is expected to miss the Bills’ entire 2014 season with a knee injury. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
On the field for every Buffalo Bills defensive play in 2013, Kiko Alonso won’t see a single snap in 2014.
Bills general manager Doug Whaley announced Tuesday night that linebacker Kiko Alonso, the Pro Football Writers of America’s choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, suffered a knee injury while working out in Oregon.
“We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it might be significant,” Whaley said of Alonso’s knee injury in his statement.
Both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport have reported that Alonso has a torn ACL. Should that be the official diagnosis, Alonso will almost certainly be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Literally an every-down player as Buffalo’s middle linebacker in 2013, Alonso was set to move to weakside linebacker this season as the Bills move to a 4-3 based defensive scheme under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. What almost certainly wasn’t going to change, however, was Alonso’s status as the star and leader of the Bills’ linebacker group.