Posts Tagged ‘Injuries’

Sophomore Spotlight: What the Bills Defense Loses with Kiko Alonso Injury

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Kiko Alonso made a big impact in 2013. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Kiko Alonso had a brilliant rookie season. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as the Buffalo Bills linebacker was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. However, the Bills won’t be getting an encore performance in 2014. Alonso tore his left ACL earlier this week while working out in Oregon, and he is likely out for the season.

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Kiko Alonso’s “Significant” Knee Injury Could Affect Entire Buffalo Bills Defense

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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.

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Jeff Tuel to Start at QB for Buffalo Bills Sunday vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Jeff Tuel is starting at quarterback Sunday for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If the Buffalo Bills (3-5) are going to pull off a surprising upset and hand the Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) their first loss of the season, they are going to have to do with their third starting quarterback of the season. With EJ Manuel (LCL sprain) and Thad Lewis (bruised ribs) both inactive for Sunday’s game due to injury, the Bills are turning to Jeff Tuel, an undrafted rookie, to take the reins of the Bills offense under center in Week 9.

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Looking Back to Move Forward: Storylines of the First Half of the Buffalo Bills’ Season

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

There have been many impressive young players for the Buffalo Bills this season, but none more promising than middle linebacker Kiko Alonso. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Sitting at three wins and five losses at the midpoint of the season, the overall numbers might not seem to be working in the favor of the Buffalo Bills, yet it seems clear the Bills are generally moving in the right direction. Of the team’s five losses, three of them were by seven points or less — including two on game-winning field goals — and one, against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, came when undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel was the only option to finish the game at quarterback after EJ Manuel suffered an LCL sprain that has kept him out ever since.

The new coaching staff led by Doug Marrone, and general manager Doug Whaley, have acquitted themselves well. Even with a losing record, there is more reason for optimism with the Bills than there has in the past. But, as I learned in history class: if you don’t study your past, you’re destined to repeat it, which means it’s time to look back at the Bills’ first half and see what mistakes they can learn from to make positive progress.

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Buffalo Bills Quarterback EJ Manuel Still Out 4-6 More Weeks

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is expected to be out 4-6 more weeks while recovering from a sprained LCL, Bills coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills are hoping to get their starting quarterback back at some point this season, but it may not be as soon as originally hoped.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that barring any further setbacks, rookie EJ Manuel is scheduled to return in four to six weeks, the same timetable that was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Oct. 4.

The Bills have five more games prior to their Week 12 bye, but in all likelihood, Marrone’s health update indicates that Manuel will return to game action no earlier than the Bills’ Week 13 game versus the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 1.

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