Losing Kiko Alonso, who has Pro Bowl potential, to an ACL tear is the big blow here. Acquiring Brandon Spikes (86 tackles, one interception, one fumble recovered) as the middle linebacker helps absorb the blow, but that wasn't the original plan. On the outside, Keith Rivers (45 tackles in eight starts for New York Giants last season) will likely start on one side and Nigel Bradham (51 tackles) and rookie Preston Brown (third round/Louisville) are candidates to start on the other. Overall it's a solid crew. Losing Arthur Moats (48 tackles last season) to Pittsburgh could hurt depth.
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