Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) and free safety Jim Leonhard (35) try to tackle Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Dolphins 19-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Kiko Alonso ACL Tear Could Mean Ut-Oh.

My fiance’s one-year-old niece turned one a month ago and is just now getting familiar with the expression, “Ut-Oh.”

Her learning of the phrase is well-timed if she’s going to be a Bills fan. It was the same response I uttered to myself upon hearing of Kiko Alonso and his season-ending ACL tear.

It’s amazing how one injury can set the wheels in motion. Other than my fun, “How Could the Bills go 16-0” pieces, I haven’t really invested myself emotionally yet into this season. I won’t really start analyzing the team until late August.


But suddenly, just as quick as an ACL can tear, my mind is wandering to unfriendly places. Alonso’s ACL made me think of E.J. Manuel’s knee and his pretty good but not extraordinary performances last year. It made me think of Jarius Byrd’s departure (who is going to make up for those interceptions?) It made me think of Marcell Dareus’ immatury, and CJ Spiller’s injured foot last year, and the fact that Mike Pettine is no longer on the Bills staff…

It’s a dangerous wormhole to travel down. And, it’s completely unnecessary given that Alonso’s ACL doesn’t need to define the season. Manuel and this offense can still be world-class if the kid takes the next step.

Still, every time I read a headline about Alonso or overhear a conversation, all I can think is, “Ut Oh”It’s a cute expression when my niece-to-be says it and claps her hands. It’s not as funny when it gets my mind spinning about the Bills.

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