Kiko Alonso is human.
The linebacker, whose rousing rookie performances inspired the Legend of Kiko movement among Buffalo Bills fans last year, is hurt.
The Buffalo Bills confirmed this afternoon that Alonso tore an anterior-cruciate ligament in his left knee while training on his own.
Bills General Manager Doug Whaley released a statement that Alonso will be scheduled for surgery and will begin rehabilitation in the near future. “He worked very hard in preparation for the upcoming season,” Whaley said. “We look forward to his return with his style of play that made him one of the NFL’s outstanding rookies in 2013”
Alonso underwent hip surgery this offseason, but the Bills expected him to be fully ready for training camp later this month at St. John Fisher College.
Alonso was a Defensive Rookie of the Year runner-up last season and was named Defensive Rookie of the Month for September. He played middle linebacker, but the Bills thought he would be even more productive by moving him to weak-side linebacker this year.
Alonso finished third in the NFL with 159 tackles, including a league-high 72 assists. He recorded 10 tackles for losses, two sacks, four interceptions, five pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
Players voted Alonso 84th on the NFL Network’s “The Top 100 Players of 2014” series. Analytics site ProFootballFocus.com rated Alonso the NFL’s 10th-best inside linebacker last season.