“We have updated information regarding Kiko Alonso,” said Whaley in a team statement. “Unfortunately he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will most likely miss the 2014 season. He will be scheduled for surgery in the near future and begin a rehabilitation program at the appropriate time. 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.”
The injury, sustained by Alonso during a personal workout in Oregon, leaves a sizable hole in Buffalo’s front seven on defense. Alonso, the team’s leading tackler, had more takedowns (159) than the second and third leading tacklers combined (155:
Through the spring practices defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz often lined up
Rivers spent the past two seasons with the Giants. In 2012 he played on both the strong and weak side before lining up mainly on the strong side for New York last year.
“Since my days at USC I’ve always been a sideline to sideline kind of player,” Rivers said. “I’ve kind of always been a WILL (weak side linebacker), but this past season I played a lot more SAM (strong side linebacker). Being in previous situations some of the stuff we’re playing here I’ve played in the past. It’s great to have familiarity with the calls.”
Bills third-year linebacker
In the nickel package when there are just two linebackers on the field Bradham or Rivers are likely to be paired with rookie