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Bills confirm Kiko Alonso has torn ACL, likely out for season

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The fears of the Bills have been confirmed: Kiko Alonso has a torn ACL.

Alonso, the linebacker who burst onto the scene as a rookie last season and was expected to be a huge part of the defense this year and for years to come, is expected to miss the entire season. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley confirmed in a statement released on Wednesday that Alonso isn’t likely to play again until 2015.

“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.”

Although it’s at least theoretically possible that Alonso could recover in time to be ready late in the regular season, it seems highly unlikely that he’ll take the field at all until 2015.

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31 Responses to “Bills confirm Kiko Alonso has torn ACL, likely out for season”
  1. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jul 2, 2014 12:09 PM

    Alright Mr. Spikes, time to put up or shut up.

  2. cobrala2 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:10 PM

    What a bummer – I really enjoyed seeing his highlights and effort on-field.

    -Eagles fan

  3. gd2483 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:10 PM

    That sucks.

  4. typingofthedead says: Jul 2, 2014 12:14 PM

    Don’t put him on IR! He can be back for the superbowl

  5. pnut87 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:23 PM

    Seriously, what is it with MLBs and injuries this offseason?

  6. corkspop says: Jul 2, 2014 12:29 PM

    The only comfort here (very small) is that he was scheduled to move to the Outside LB position, and, a great Middle LB has been signed. Now the Bills have to wait a year to see how that combo would have panned out.

  7. pfu2 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:29 PM

    Watkins trade / 1st round pick just improved for Cleveland!

  8. gbrown23 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:31 PM

    Good luck recovering Kiko! Really liked watching ya play. Must be hard being a Bills fan

  9. ccjcsr says: Jul 2, 2014 12:32 PM

    Sean Lee says, hang in there!

  10. iloveagoodnap says: Jul 2, 2014 12:53 PM

    This is a huge blow and it sucks for the Bills. Speedy recovery to Kiko, and that’s it.

    Bills and Bills fans have fed off excuses for over a decade now. No more excuses. Good teams lose good players to tough injuries all the time. How they overcome is what separates good teams from average ones.

    If the Bills are truly a good team as many fans would have you believe, then this is the time they prove it by overcoming adversity. No more excuses.

  11. ghost26 says: Jul 2, 2014 12:54 PM

    This is terrible news. Regardless of whether I’m a Dolphin fan I hate to see ANY player on ANY team suffer a serious injury. This kid was outstanding last year & it’s hard to believe he was picked two rounds after Dion Jordan (both played @ Oregon) who did nothing for us as a rookie.

    With guys like Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes, plus a very good secondary I still think the Bills defense is going to be very good this year.

  12. bassplucker says: Jul 2, 2014 12:58 PM

    That stinks. He was on the fast track to being a Top-5 player in the league at his position.

  13. laxcoach37 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:00 PM

    This is one of the reasons the Patriots easily win the AFC East. Just when the other Teams have a rising Star and heading in the right direction. This happens. Dolphins (Pouncey), Bills (Kiko), Jets (well, a mental injury for not getting a QB who doesn’t turn the ball over on a consistent basis). Gosh, I really miss the good ol’ days of the Bills and Fins matchups for the Title. When the Jets were Fodder (and still are) and the Pats were Follies (NFL Films Blooper reel).

  14. raji1824 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:03 PM

    though I m a jets fan…injuries are good for no one…

  15. dcpatfan says: Jul 2, 2014 1:10 PM

    …lls now forced to rely on Spikes….I can’t wait

  16. surfinbird1 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:26 PM

    Spikes wants to be traded. (before they do a drug test) Says he never cared that much for the Bills anyway.

  17. jeffreyshulenburg says: Jul 2, 2014 1:30 PM

    Preston Brown, the Bills 3rd round pick and Nigel Bradham, a promising 3rd year backup are now in the top spot to take over. As with Byrd leaving, this isnt a kill shot for the Bills season. We have built depth at that position. The question is just how much of a step down Brown or Bradham will be over Alonso (Bradham was seeing starting snaps last year and Brown was running with the 1s in OTAs and working the def. mic.

  18. Ed Bandell says: Jul 2, 2014 1:33 PM

    Hate seeing any player getting hurt. Shame for such a young guy and a very talented one to go down like this.

    The good news is that an ACL tear now is not as serious of an injury as it was about a decade ago.

    I am a Ravens fan and our great CB Webb has blown out his ACL in both knees and in one knee twice. He has come back from that and about the mid way through last season he was looking like his old self again and playing outstanding football.

    It is pretty amazing to see how far medicine has advanced. About 10 years ago this would have ended his career.

  19. mwatts1 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:38 PM

    I’m not a Bills fan, but as a football fan, this sucks. You always want to see the best play. Tough loss for everyone.

  20. jimjets says: Jul 2, 2014 1:53 PM

    tough luck, sorry kid. he was great last year for them. Any chance brady can copy his workout?

  21. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 2, 2014 2:23 PM

    This is why they are the Buffalo _ills…

  22. NoWearMan says: Jul 2, 2014 2:29 PM

    Karma is fun. This is what happens when you take a cheap shot on a QB who is in the process of sliding to the ground.

  23. kerzondax says: Jul 2, 2014 2:54 PM

    Always hate seeing this happen to any player/

  24. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jul 2, 2014 4:48 PM

    Since the Bills spent 2 first round picks on Watkins, I thought he could play both WR and LB?

  25. kahunanc says: Jul 2, 2014 5:09 PM

    Another undersized a duck hurt in NFL. Makes one wonder as to the scrutiny in Duck program to certain things. Hate to see kid with that much drive hurt.

  26. happywolverine says: Jul 2, 2014 6:35 PM

    This is a tough blow and he won’t be replaced.

    But big respect to those devotees of other teams who show class in their posts.

  27. johnschatzan says: Jul 2, 2014 7:01 PM

    Honestly this hurts. It hurts bad. The loss of Byrd was something we could recover. The loss of kiko combined with the loss of Mike Pettine though is truly devastating. With that said the likely hood of bills being good is quickly dwindling and before I thought our run game and a great defense would be enough to get us in the playoffs but now we will sink or swim with EJ.

  28. tigerlilac says: Jul 2, 2014 7:17 PM

    Great fan base in Buffalo. Hopefully, Bon Jovi buys the franchise; I expect he would be an excellent owner. I do fear that he would poach his pal, Bill Belichick, by offering him an ownership stake that he doesn’t have to buy. I would hate to think the Bills would step into the Patriots shoes and the Patriots into the Jets shoes post Belichick.

  29. ghjjf says: Jul 2, 2014 8:18 PM

    On the bright side, he gets to return to the L.A. Bills in 2015!

  30. superdankbrownies says: Jul 2, 2014 10:06 PM

    Now that top 10 pick given to Cleveland next year will be a top 5 pick! He blew out Hoyer’s knee last year on a shady hit, and now he’s paying for it. Thanks bud!

  31. 49erprincesspoet says: Jul 2, 2014 11:59 PM

    YES!!!

    #WhoGotItBetterThanUs

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