Kiko Alonso makes his return; undrafted rookie Smoke Monday out with a torn ACL

Linebacker Kiko Alonso made his return to the Saints on Friday after being signed Thursday.

Alonso played with the Saints in 2019 and 2020. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in November of his second season.

Coach Dennis Allen said being familiar with Alonso was one of the reasons the Saints brought him back after a workout.

“He did a nice job in his workout,” Allen said. “He was in shape. He looked good. When he’s been healthy, he’ s been a productive player in our league. He looked like he moved around pretty well today. Just getting him back into the flow of things and see where he’s at. But I was glad to have him out there.”

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Alonso, who wore No. 54 when he last played with the Saints, is now wearing No. 47.

In the corresponding move to sign Alonso, the Saints placed safety Smoke Monday on the injured reserve list.

Monday, an undrafted rookie out of Auburn, suffered a knee injury in Tuesday’s practice. Monday said in an Instagram post on Friday that he suffered a torn ACL. 

“I want everyone to know I’m doing great and in good spirits and will be having surgery very soon,” Monday wrote. “I’m planning to use this time to get healthier and continue to learn the system inside out. … Trust that I’ll be 10 times stronger when I return.”   

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