PHILADELPHIA - On Saturday Chip Kelly claimed he wasn’t concerned about Kiko Alonso’s concussion because the young linebacker does not have a long or persistent history of head trauma.
Defensive coordinator Bill Davis seconded that thought process before the team's open practice at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been through a training camp as a coach where the inside ‘backer (unit) doesn’t get thin at some point,” Davis claimed. “I don’t know what it is about training camps, but when that happens, it’s nice to have the depth we have.”
Alonso is still working through the NFL's concussion protocol but Davis doesn't see a lingering issue.
“Kiko’s fine, it was just one of those things,” said Davis. “I’ve been coaching linebackers my whole career and its just part of that position, we have a great protocol, so it’s not an issue, Kiko’s doing great, he won’t miss a beat.”
Alonso is expected to start at inside linebacker next to veteran DeMeco Ryans after being acquired in the offseason trade that send Shady McCoy to Buffalo.