Breaking injury news that will rock the Buffalo franchise as the Bills have learnt that linebacker Kiko Alonso has suffered a torn ACL while working out in Oregon.
The devastating knee injury is expected to sideline the Bills star for the upcoming season, prior reports had suggested that Buffalo suspected a 'Significant knee injury' and their worst fears have been confirmed by ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
General manager of the organisation Doug Whaley released a statement on Tuesday evening regarding the incident, he said: "We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it could be significant."
Alonso was finished second in The Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting following his 2013 campaign and really became one of the standout defensive stars in the entire league, the disastrous injury will surely be felt round the entire NFL.
Alonso was a product of the Oregon Ducks college football team before entering the league and had been spending his off-season at his former university preparing for the new season.
The 6 ft 3 inch linebacker had been highlighted as a key piece to build around for the future of the Bills and new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was already making plans to utilise Alonso to his full capabilities.
Last season Alonso operated at the middle linebacker position and racked up 157 tackles (3rd most in the NFL), Schwartz wanted to 'free up' Alonso in his new 4-3 scheme and the Bills had signed Brandon Spikes in the off-season to allow the second year man to move to outside linebacker.
Alonso had just recovered from a previous injury which required surgery in the off season, the procedure was performed in January to repair a torn labrum according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
The Bills will resume training camp around the 18th of July but will be without one of their star man as the timetable for recovery on a torn ACL is seven-to-nine months, everyone will be hoping for a swift recovery for Alonso.