Bills prepare for season without Kiko Alonso

Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo Bills moved in to their training camp home Friday at St. John Fisher College, getting ready for life without star linebacker Kiko Alonso, who tore his ACL this offseason and will likely miss the season.

“It’s a tremendous loss but no one is crying for us,” said GM Doug Whaley. “So we have to like you said “next man up.” We think we’ve built a roster that can sustain a loss like this. Our expectations aren’t going to drop.”

Whaley named Nigel Bradham and third-round draft pick Preston Brown as possible replacements. Brown was an inside linebacker in college, but could get a shot outside with Alonso out.

“We thought of him as a guy that has the flexibility to play inside and outside. He played mostly inside at college but we thought with his workout and the way he moved at his size, that in a pinch he could go outside and we’ll find out for sure,” said Whaley.

The Bills open training camp Sunday night at 6pm, the first of seven night practices at St. John Fisher this year.

 

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