Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso is expected to play again this season following a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews , Dan Hanzus of NFL.com reports.
During Andrews' evaluation, he scoped Alonso's knee to determine the extent of the damage to his left knee, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. Andrews found the ACL intact within that knee, but a return to the field won't be considered as Alonso takes the next month to rehab.
In the meantime, DeMeco Ryans , Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) and Jordan Hicks will handle the two inside linebacker spots.
“You know, I don’t know. Those are tough injuries to get 100 percent,” Davis said. “He’s ahead of schedule -- he’s ahead of where most guys would be with that. I think it’s going to be close. Hopefully, we can get him out there a little bit this week (in Saturday’s preseason game at Green Bay), for his sake and ours, just to see kind of where he is.”
There was a bit of a discrepancy Thursday in regard to the practice participation of
Chip Kelly said before the session that Ryans would be a full-go despite him being just seven months removed from rupturing his Achilles tendon. Ryans did practice, but he told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he was not a full participant.
Ryans missed half of the 2014 season with the injury, but contributed to 45 tackles in eight games before going down.
The deal keeps Ryans under contract to the team through the 2016 season.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Ryans receives a $2.5 million signing bonus, and his 2015 salary is reduced from $6.9 million to about $2 million, giving the Eagles more salary cap flexibility.
Ryans suffered a torn Achilles' tendon last season, and his future seemed uncertain after the team acquired Kiko Alonso from Buffalo. He's due to make $6.8 million , including a $100,000 workout bonus in 2015 before becoming free agent in 2016.
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