The Philadelphia Eagles will head into a crunch game against the New York Jets this weekend without one of their key players, head coach Chip Kelly confirmed today.
Speaking to the gathered media ahead of Thursday's practice session, Kelly ruled out linebacker Kiko Alonso from taking part in the week three contest.
The news is a blow for the team as they attempt to bounce back from a 0-2 start. But, considering just a few days ago people were talking about Alonso missing the entire 2015 season, the fact Kelly had to confirm his status for Sunday's game shows things are at least moving in the right direction.
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Earlier in the week there were reports that Alonso, an offseason arrival as part of the LeSean McCoy trade with Buffalo, had suffered a tear in his left ACL. With the player having missed the entire 2014 campaign with the same injury, there were legitimate fears for his immediate future.
Fortunately, the latest updates have revealed Alonso's injury is more likely a sprained knee. Still, despite the downgrading of the injury, the game versus the Jets comes too early for the 25-year-old to mount a comeback.
Problems piling up
Alonso has been one of the few bright points in a difficult start to the 2015 season for Philly, and his loss only adds to the pressure on the NFC East franchise.
Having lost to the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys, Chip Kelly's team is effectively in a must-win situation just three weeks into the campaign.
With fellow offseason arrival, DeMarco Murray, also a doubt for the game against the Jets, the problems are mounting up rather than dissipating in Philadephia.
Eagles fans: If your team goes 0-3 is there any hope for the playoffs? And who is to blame? Have your say in the comments below...