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Saints LB Kiko Alonso making ‘great strides’ in return from torn ACL

Kiko Alonso, Saints

New Orleans Saints linebacker Kiko Alonso is no stranger to injuries, especially torn ACL’s in particular.

Alonso suffered the third torn ACL of his career during the Saints’ Wild Card Round loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but the good news is that his physical therapist, Dr. Sharif Tabbah, has taken to Instagram to post a video of Alonso rehabbing, saying that Alonso is “making great strides” in his recovery.

In 13 games in 2019, Alonso logged 31 tackles.

The 29-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Oregon, was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (46th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He had a terrific rookie campaign, playing in all 16 games and racking up 159 tackles, a couple of sacks, four interceptions, a forced fumble, and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Alonso appeared primed for a monster 2014, but he suffered a torn ACL during an offseason workout. Then, in March 2015, the Bills traded Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for LeSean McCoy, but Alonso appeared in just 11 contests with the Eagles that ensuing season before sustaining a partial tear to his ACL.

Philadelphia proceeded to deal Alonso to the Miami Dolphins in March 2016, and for the next three seasons, Alonso would remain healthy and would represent a key part of the Dolphins’ defense, tallying 115, 115, and 125 tackles, respectively, from 2016 through 2018.

Miami traded Alonso to New Orleans this past September.

The Saints won 12 games and captured the NFC South division title in 2019 before suffering yet another devastating playoff loss at the hands of the Vikings in overtime.