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Bills LB Kiko Alonso expected to miss season with torn left knee ligament

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals' Giovani Bernard (25) runs downfield as Buffalo Bills' Kiko Alonso closes in during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. General manager Doug Whaley announced that Alonso had been hurt with what the team fears to be a serious knee injury while working out in Oregon released in a statement by the team Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert File)

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals' Giovani Bernard (25) runs downfield as Buffalo Bills' Kiko Alonso closes in during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. General manager Doug Whaley announced that Alonso had been hurt with what the team fears to be a serious knee injury while working out in Oregon released in a statement by the team Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert File)  (The Associated Press)

Buffalo Bills starting linebacker Kiko Alonso has torn a ligament in his left knee and is expected to miss the entire season.

Alonso will be scheduled to have surgery, general manager Doug Whaley says in a statement released by the team Wednesday, a day after Alonso was hurt while working out in Oregon.

The injury to Alonso is a significant blow to the Bills before they even open training camp on July 20.

Alonso was an NFL defensive rookie of the year contender last season after being drafted in the second round out of Oregon. He led Buffalo with 159 tackles, two fumble recoveries and tied for the team lead with four interceptions while barely missing a snap in playing all 16 games.

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