DAVIE—The NFL never asked Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso for his side of the story regarding his hit that gave Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco a concussion last week, and it didn’t need to do so. The play did not merit a suspension, so Alonso and the organization raised no objection.
Alonso is cleared to play Sunday against the Raiders, as is Flacco for Baltimore’s game at Tennessee. He is out of the concussion protocol.
Alonso expressed concern for Flacco the night of the hit and was relieved to see this week that he wouldn’t miss a game. They are on good terms after a brief exchange during the past week.
“Yeah, I texted him and said, ‘Man, I hope you’re alright,’” Alonso said. “He said he’s feeling good. He wasn’t upset.”
Alonso declined to say whether he was fined for the hit, offering only a coy shoulder shrug. All said regarding a potential penalty was that he felt the league treated him fairly by not suspending him.
His version of the play was that Flacco waited too long to slide and left him no choice but to hit him. He put his shoulder directly into his head, knocking his helmet off.
Beyond that, it’s been a good week for Alonso as the Dolphins try to put the shame of their 40-0 loss behind them. The extended weekend break wasn’t the same as having a bye week, but he does feel fresher than usual heading into the Oakland game.
“Yeah, I feel great,” he said. “I think everyone feels good.”
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