The Philadelphia Eagles hierarchy clearly think very highly of linebacker Kiko Alonso, they traded away their star running back, LeSean McCoy, to get him this offseason after all.
Unfortunately, Eagles fans are still waiting to see what the former second-round pick can bring to the franchise as Alonso's return to action following 2014 ACL surgery drags on.
Indeed, plans for Alonso to participate in the Eagles' early preseason schedule have failed to play out so far, and now, via the Philadelphia Inquirer and the player himself, the reason for the delay has been revealed.
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According to the Philly publication, Kiko Alonso is battling tendinitis in his left knee - the joint that has been rebuild through surgery over the past 12 months following an ACL injury.
The issue kept him out of the Eagles' last preseason game, against the Green Bay Packers last Saturday, when he was forced to pull out during warm ups as the pain in the knee intensified.
Whilst Philadelphia fans now have a better handle on just where their offseason arrival is at with his recovery - the tendinitis revelation has led to mixed messages from within the franchise.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly explained earlier this week that the tendinitis was not connected to Alonso's recent surgery. The player himself though, speaking to NewJersey.com, admitted it was as a result of the procedure - making sure to note that it is a common in post-ACL injuries.
Although the issue may sound worrying, those involved remain positive that it won't affect Alonso's 2015 campaign. Indeed, the player himself is confident he will play at some stage during the team's final preseason game tonight.
Eagles fans: Did the team make the right decision in trading McCoy for Alonso? Have your say in the comments below...