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Kiko Alonso injury: Bills linebacker out for year with torn ACL

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Before training camp has even started, the Buffalo Bills have suffered a major loss to their defense.

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The Buffalo Bills will be without linebacker Kiko Alonso this season after tearing his ACL during a personal workout in Oregon.  The injury will require seven- to nine-months for recovery, ending any hope for Alonso to build on his stellar rookie campaign from last year.

The ACL tear was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter after intitial reports had indicated a "significant" injury to Alonso.  The Bills released a statement from General Manager Doug Whaley prior to the Schefter report with specifics, stating, "We have learned tonight that Kiko Alonso injured his knee while working out in Oregon. We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it may be significant."

 Alonso finished his first season in the league with 159 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, a forced fumble, and two fumbles recovered.  He was named to the NFL Top 100 Players list this offseason, landing at position 84.

The Bills were clearly building their defense around Alonso, who they were planning to move to the weak-side linebacker this year, hoping to free him up to dominate opposing offenses. 

For more on how the injury to Alonso impacts the Bills, and potential replacements in the lineup for Buffalo, check out Buffalo Rumblings.