Chip: Kiko Alonso Dealing With Nagging Leg Injury
Following Saturday’s 39-26 win over the Packers, Chip Kelly revealed that Kiko Alonso was held out because of a “little nagging leg injury.”
“Kiko tried to run around. His leg is bothering him a little bit, so he tried to run around a little bit pregame and just didn’t feel 100 percent so we held him out. It’s not his knee, it’s not his ACL,” said Kelly. “I don’t know particularly what it is — tendonitis or something like that — so he should be fine.”
Cody Parkey did not finish the game last week against Baltimore and sat out Saturday’s contest entirely, the kicking duties falling to Kip Smith.
“He’s got a leg. He just kind of tweaked it on Tuesday,” said Kelly. “We’re just being precautionary with him. If we were playing a [regular-season] game he would have kicked tonight. It’s nothing we’re overly concerned with.”
Lane Johnson (left knee) exited after getting rolled up on by defensive tackle Mike Pennel. Kelly indicated that Johnson was OK and could have continued playing.
Lane Johnson says “a little sprained MCL I’ll be OK
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— Kelly was pleased with Sam Bradford‘s performance, as you might expect.
“I thought he was real poised out there, had real good command of what we were doing,” said Kelly. “Really located the football. Thought he played really well for us tonight.”
The plan coming in was to giving Bradford “a couple series, see how it was going to express itself. I thought after we had three touchdown drives, we felt comfortable we got some good work in for him.”
— DeMarco Murray rushed for 28 yards on six carries (4.7 average) and also caught a pair of balls for 12 yards Saturday.
“I thought he was sharp. Starting to round into form. He always seems like he is going north and south. People forget, I think he had 55 catches last year. He’s a real good receiver out of the backfield,” said Kelly. “You’re starting to see that explosion that we’ve all seen from the other side. Now it’s good to have him on our side.”
— The offense overall racked up 325 yards and 39 points in the first half.
“We did some nice things tonight. We have to continue to build on it,” said Kelly. “We didn’t have Zach [Ertz]. He’s another component that we can add to it. Josh [Huff] sat out tonight, he’s another guy we can add to it. But I was pleased with how they played in the three series the [first team] was in there.”