If you’ve been paying attention to the NFL, you’ve no doubt heard that Green Bay Packers No. 1 cornerback Jaire Alexander is out with a concussion. The former University of Florida standout has also been sidelined by a sprained knee and missed two games due to groin and knee injuries. In this injury update, we’ll take a closer look at those two issues and the overall health of the Green Bay Packers cornerback.
Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 cornerback Jaire Alexander is out with a concussion
After suffering a shoulder injury while making a tackle, Green Bay Packers No. 1 cornerback Jaire Alexander has been sidelined since Week 4 of the regular season. The team and Alexander have been consulting with specialists to determine the severity of the injury, and they have decided to let the shoulder heal on its own. Although the Packers have not given an official timetable for Alexander’s return, his absence is significant. Alexander has made a strong case for himself in the NFL as one of the best cover cornerbacks.
Despite the loss of Jaire Alexander, the Packers have a few other options for cornerback depth. They will turn to Isaac Yiadom, a third-round pick acquired from the New York Giants in a trade last month. King will likely replace Alexander at outside cornerback, while Sullivan will likely move to the slot. Aaron King is likely to replace Isaac Yiadom.
The Packers could live without Alexander for the next three weeks, but it will be hard to replace him without a significant boost in production. Alexander was injured during practice on Monday, but Matt LaFleur says the team is getting other opinions from medical experts. A decision should be made on Alexander’s status on Wednesday. Until then, Stokes, King, and Sullivan are expected to step in.
He also has a sprained knee
The first-round pick of the Green Bay Packers is dealing with another injury. Alexander sprained his left shoulder in the third quarter of a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was placed on injured reserve for a day, and he will be out until at least Monday. Alexander is also dealing with a sprained knee. The Packers have made it known that they are cautiously optimistic about his recovery.
The injury is the second of three major setbacks for Alexander in three months. He had already missed four games last season. The Packers had hoped to move on from Alexander, a player who was limited by his size. Gutekunst, who has been with the team since 1998, believes Alexander will be ready to return to action soon. Alexander has made his presence felt in the secondary by contributing on special teams.
The Packers have been hopeful about Alexander’s ability to play the inside corner position. Though he’s not fully recovered from his shoulder injury, the Packers believe he’ll thrive there. The Packers won’t expect him to play every snap like a perimeter corner, but he’ll get more snaps in the interior. However, the pounding he’ll take on his knee might prove to be too much for the youngster’s knees.
He missed 2 games with a groin injury
Rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander missed two games with a groin injury. However, he returned to practice on Wednesday. He had missed two games due to an injury suffered during the Packers’ Family Night scrimmage last weekend. While his return to practice is not an immediate guarantee, it is a positive sign. If he misses more time due to this injury, he will likely need more than a week off.
The Green Bay Packers drafted Alexander as the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft. His sleight-and-dash defense ranked sixth in the NFL. Despite his injuries, he has graded out at 81.1 on Pro Football Focus. Alexander’s playmaking ability is something the Cardinals are going to miss. In 2018, they ranked 115th in points allowed and tied for 102nd in total defense. However, they still lost to Wake Forest, 56-35. Alexander talked about big plays and he is the one who will make them happen.
The Packers have gotten a boost with the addition of rookie cornerback Eric Stokes and right tackle Billy Turner to their defense. However, they did not fully recover from RB Brandon Bolden’s suspension after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Alexander, however, has also been praised by head coach Matt LaFleur for his performance, which has led to him missing two games this season.
He missed 4 games with a sprained knee
The Packers have made a move to bring back cornerback Jaire Alexander after he missed four games with a sprained left knee. Alexander has not played in several months, but the Packers believe he can thrive in an inside role. He would not have to cover the entire field like a perimeter corner, but he could take a lot of pounding inside, which could be difficult on the shoulder.
The Packers’ secondary is thin after Kevin King and Jaire Alexander missed practice this week with shoulder and concussion injuries. Without Alexander, they were forced to start Isaac Yiadom and Eric Stokes on the outside against the 49ers. Both players allowed six completions on 10 targets. Also, David Bakhtiari and linebacker Christian Kirksy missed time with a concussion.
Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander will also be a huge loss for the Packers. Smith and Alexander are expected to return to practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Bakhtiari is expected to be ready to play in Week 11 after missing four games with a sprained knee. However, if either or both players don’t play in Week 11 of the regular season, they’ll likely have to be on the bench for a while.
He has a deep bone bruise in his knee from hyperextending it
The Packers have lost two key players this week. Smith hasn’t played since the team’s season-opening loss to the Saints and Alexander hasn’t played since the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 3. Both players have been on the injured reserve list since then, but LaFleur wouldn’t put them in the same category. Despite the injuries, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell could join the team on Friday and participate in team meetings via Zoom.
When asked about the severity of the injury, Matt LaFleur didn’t want to comment, and the team didn’t rule out a full recovery for Alexander. According to Garafolo of NFL Network, Alexander has “injured his AC joint.” The AC joint, which separates the shoulder blade from the clavicle, can be injured through overextending the knee. The Saints were already missing starting offensive tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk, and starting guard Andrus Peat.
In the NFL, the cornerback position is one of the most important ones. With Jameis Winston out for the season, New Orleans hasn’t had a win in their last two games. The Packers will likely miss Alexander, who has been a reliable lockdown corner for the Packers for the last few years. His absence could be a big blow to their pass defense. The replacements for Alexander will be rookie cornerback Eric Stokes and fifth-year pro Kevin King. Both of those players are expected to be available for Week 5.
He has a sprained shoulder from hyperextending it
Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander has a sprain shoulder from hyperextending it during Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The All-Pro cornerback blew up a fourth-and-4 pass intended for Steelers running back Najee Harris. Alexander broke the tackle, was swarmed by Oren Burks and Chandon Sullivan, and eventually dropped to the ground. There are several other players with injuries that could complicate the situation.
The Packers were missing two starters due to injuries. All-pro left tackle David Bakhtiari and rookie center Josh Myers are both listed on the team’s “estimated” injury reports. Additionally, nickelback Troy Hill is questionable after suffering a knee injury in Tuesday’s loss to the Raiders. Safety John Johnson III is also doubtful with a hamstring injury. In addition to those four players, Jonathan Garvin, Preston Smith and Darnell Savage are all expected to miss the game.
The Bears also have a number of other key players with injuries this week. Offensive lineman Trent Williams was diagnosed with an MCL injury and missed two weeks, while defensive lineman Akiem Hicks suffered a groin injury against the Lions. While a growing percentage of defensive linemen miss one game, almost half of them return within two weeks.
He has a sprained groin from hyperextending it
Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander has missed three practices and one game this season with a sprained groin. The rookie was injured during the Family Night practice and did not take any reps on Monday. He is doubtful to play against the Tennessee Titans in Thursday’s preseason opener. Alexander, however, said his groin is feeling fine.
Although the injury has slowed Alexander’s return to the field, the Packers aren’t giving up on him. The all-pro left tackle and rookie center Josh Myers have both returned to practice, and Randall Cobb returned to practice this week after back surgery. The Packers are also without star cornerback Za’Darius Smith, who had back surgery this offseason.
With four key players out of the starting lineup, the Falcons must be very careful when selecting their cornerbacks. Alexander, who suffered the groin injury last year, is unlikely to be ready for Week 1 due to his current groin injury. Instead, the Packers should be looking for someone else to fill his spot. A healthy Alexander and a healthy Smith will help the team kick off the season.