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.