The Buffalo Bills' worst-case scenario regarding star linebacker Kiko Alonso has unfolded.
A magnetic resonance imaging exam confirmed that Alonso tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is all but certainly out for his second NFL season following a stellar rookie year.
Alonso will undergo surgery to repair the damage.
“We have updated information regarding Kiko Alonso,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said. “Unfortunately he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will most likely miss the 2014 season. 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.”
Alonso got hurt while training in Oregon.
It's a significant loss to the Bills' defense.
Alonso had 159 tackles and four interceptions last season as one of the top rookies in the NFL.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun