Bills suffer major blow as Alonso likely to miss entire season

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Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso is likely to miss the entire 2014 NFL season after tearing his ACL ahead of the new season.

The Bills last night confirmed that Alonso is set to miss the entire campaign with a torn ACL injury he suffered while working out in Oregon.

General manager Doug Whaley released a statement regarding the "significant" injury that the 23-year-old suffered and revealed that the Bills are already anticipating his return to action.

"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 is expected to be out for up to nine months and will miss the entire season if his recovery takes that long in what is a major blow for the Bills.

The 2013 second-round draft pick enjoyed an excellent rookie season in the NFL last year and registered the third-most tackles in a rookie season since 2001 with 159.

He led the side in tackles with that number, appearing in every game last year and playing without Alonso will undoubtedly weaken the Buffalo defence.

  TeamPosAppsTacklesSacksForced FumbleInterception
Kiko Alonso Buffalo Bills MLB 16 159 2.0 1.0 4

The Bills were set to move Alonso to a weakside linebacker position this year, with new free-agent signing Brandon Spikes set to play in the middle but Nigel Bradham is most likely to replace Alonso now.

Though according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, the Bills are looking at rookie Preston Brown to fill the void after the third-round pick impressed coaches during voluntary workouts and minicamp.

Whoever steps in to replace Alonso will face a tough task to live up to the second-year's potential and the loss of their star linebacker will leave Bills fans concerned ahead of the new season.

Who will replace Kiko Alonso at linebacker this season?