The Buffalo Bills have high hopes as the 2014 NFL season rapidly approaches, but their excitement has been tempered with the news of Kiko Alonzo’s potential ACL tear. The Bills fear that he tore his ACL during a workout in Oregon, and he’s scheduled to take an MRI to confirm the injury on Wednesday.
The whole Bills’ front office, including GM Doug Whaley believe that Alonzo suffered a season ending injury. However, until it’s confirmed, Buffalo is hoping for the best. Alonzo is not the first linebacker to be lost for the season.
Kiko Alonzo shined for Buffalo during his rookie season with the Bills. He registered 159 tackles, while intercepting four passes, and recording two sacks. Buffalo was expecting him to have a greater impact this season, but it looks like they must wait until 2015.
NFL.com stated that Buffalo was in the process of moving Kiko Alonzo to the weak side to make room for Brandon Spikes in the middle.
With training camp less than a month away, Buffalo has to make moves to help keep the defense intact. According to NFL.com, Nigel Bradham will get the first chance to take his place in the starting lineup.
The Bills were (6-10) a season ago, but their team was trending upward. Any chance to break through and steal an AFC East championship or playoff berth may be down the drain in one July day.
Buffalo does have depth at the linebacker position, however, part of that depth is including a stud like Kiko Alonzo. Without him in the lineup, the Bills must find a linebacker to replace the backup. That helps teams get really thin in a hurry.
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