Alonso predicts Dion Jordan will return with ‘a chip on his shoulder’

Kiko Alonso (Getty Images)
Kiko Alonso (Getty Images)

New Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso says his knees are fine and he’s ready to go.

He also believes his old college roommate — Dion Jordan — will be, too.

Speaking to the South Florida media on a conference call Thursday afternoon, Alonso was asked about Jordan, the 2013 first-round draft pick of the Dolphins who missed the entire 2015 season because of an NFL suspension for violating the drug policy.

“Dion is one of my best friends,” Alonso said. “He’s a great player. I talked to him recently. I hope everything works out with him.”

Perhaps reuniting with Alonso will help Jordan get his career on track. The two were roommates at Oregon for three years. Jordan has called Alonso “my brother.”

“I bet he’s going to come back and really have a chip on his shoulder,” Alonso said.

As for himself, Alonso, who has had two ACL injuries, said he feels “great” and expects to participate in all of the Dolphins’ off-season workouts.

He said he’s willing to play inside or outside linebacker but expects to play inside.

Alonso has family in South Florida and is fluent in Spanish, even answering a couple of questions from a reporter in Spanish.

But he was still adjusting to the fact he is no longer an Eagle, having been traded with cornerback Byron Maxwell as the Dolphins swapped their No. 8 overall pick for No. 13.

“It definitely took me by surprise,” he said.