Since going down injured in week two, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso's status for the season has been up in the air.
Numerous conflicting reports have suggested everything from bruising to a newly torn ACL injury, and, with the Philly franchise remaining tight-lipped on the issue, concern has grown accordingly.
Today, though, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had some good news for fans as he appeared to rule out the possibility of Alonso being placed on the season-ending IR list.
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Speaking to the media, via NJ.com, ahead of Wednesday's practice, Kelly was asked about the injury-hit linebacker position:
"We'd like to have nine, that's an ideal number for us...But because we have two linebackers down that aren't an injured-reserve candidate type guys in Mychal (Kendricks) and Kiko, so you have to figure out where to get that extra spot."
With reports that Alonso has indeed suffered a partial tear of his ACL - the same injury that kept him out of the 2014 season - the suggestion that the 25-year-old could play again in 2015 had been dismissed by some Eagles fans.
Kelly's update, however, will give hope that the man who arrived in Philadelphia as part of the LeSean McCoy trade can suit up again at some stage.
Alonso is currently in Florida having the injury assessed by the world-renowned Dr. James Andrews, and, with the Eagles surely in contact with their player, Kelly's comments today suggest that things are looking more positive than when the OLB travelled down there earlier this week.
Eagles fans: Do you think Philly made a mistake trading McCoy for Alonso this offseason? Have your say in the comments below...