The Philadelphia Eagles are rumored to be losing Kiko Alonso for the season, with the linebacker suffering a left knee injury in just his second game with the team.
Alonso left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. Though he walked to the locker room under his own power, there are rumors that the Philadelphia Eagles may have just lost Alonso for the entire season.
Im told Kiko Alonso’s season is done. #Eagles
— Darren DeGaetano (@DarrenDegaetano) September 20, 2015
The Eagles have yet to release further details on Alonso’s injury, but it was the same knee that he injured before the 2014 season. Alonso tore his ACL during offseason workouts, losing what would have been his second year in the league. The Eagles had traded for Alonso in the offseason, a seemingly out-of-place blockbuster that sent running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills.
The Eagles had hoped that Alonso would bring a playmaking ability to the linebacking corps, and in his first game he did just that. In last week’s loss to the Falcons, he made an acrobatic one-handed interception of Matt Ryan in the endzone.
Alonso was one of the best linebackers in the league during his rookie year in 2013, but has been plagued by injury since then. After returning from his torn ACL, Alonso has been bothered by a series of injuries, including a concussion that saw him miss much of training camp.
At the time, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said the concussion wasn’t too much of a concern.
“He hasn’t had a history of it, so we’re not worried about it right now,” Kelly said Saturday via the SB Nation blog Bleeding Green Nation, “But obviously any time that word comes up with any player you’ll take all the precautions necessary before you put them back out there.”
There are conflicting rumors on whether the Philadelphia Eagles have lost Kiko Alonso for the year. Matt Miller noted that he was yet to have an MRI, so the extent of his injury is still undetermined.
Reports that Kiko Alonso is out for the year are premature. He’s not even had an MRI yet.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 20, 2015
If the rumors are true, the injury could be a very costly blow to the Philadelphia Eagles. The team, which came into the season holding Super Bowl hopes, is now 0-2 and in the basement of the NFC East.
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