Rookie linebacker was a significant reason why the Bills had a much more formidable front seven in 2013 than anyone expected. Buffalo finished second in the league in sacks and posted a fourth ranked defensive DVOA rating. Alonso only had two of those sacks, but he made combined 159 tackles, intercepted four passes, forced a fumble and recovered two others. By the end of the season, he was a serious candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year, though was edged out in the voting 23-19 by Sheldon Richardson.
Despite the team losing Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd in free agency, it’s been thought by some that if the Bills’ defense can remain as effective and the offense can get quick returns from first-round pick Sammy Watkins, then perhaps with a bit of uncharacteristic luck the Bills could… just possibly… make the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Or at least be a trendy preseason pick to do so.
This being the Bills, however, those hopes got dashed and quickly. Alonso injured his knee while working out in Oregon and immediately team personnel feared the worst, which tends to be the case when the Bills are involved. And wouldn’t you know it: Alonso has reportedly torn an ACL and is said to be out for the entire 2014 season.
Now the mystery becomes whose jersey Buffalo fans will trade for sexual favors with Alonso gone. Perhaps C.J. Spiller?