It seems that over the last few seasons, so many football players are injuring their knees or tearing ligaments that’s causing them to miss the rest of the season. Tom Brady tore his ACL in 2008 then came back to have a pretty strong season and hasn’t looked back since then. Adrian Peterson blew his whole knee out on Christmas Eve in 2011 and we didn’t know how he’d be after an injury like that. He went on to have one of the best seasons ever by a running back and won MVP. Brian Cushing tore ligaments in his knee the last two seasons, Rob Gronkowski torn his ACL in season last year as did Reggie Wayne. This off-season, the Cowboys lost Sean Lee for the year with a torn ACL and now the Buffalo Bills have lost young star linebacker in Kiko Alonso to the same injury.
This is such a tough loss for the Bills defense. He put together a great rookie campaign and played every defensive snap for the Bills and was third in the league in tackles with 159. Kiko has the chance to become one of the next best linebackers in football. He’s a guy that displays great athleticism, great speed, very rangy and can roam around and get to the football. He can get outside and contain the ball-carrier and under new defensive coordinator Jim Scharwtz, he was being moved from the inside linebacker to the outside linebacker where I think he would’ve thrived and improved after last season’s rookie campaign. This injury comes after Kiko was recovering from off-season hip surgery. When one guy goes down, the next must step up. It’ll be extremely difficult to fill the shoes of a guy who became the Bills best defensive player last year.