Green Bay Packers are going to see if cornerback Jaire Alexander ‘s injured shoulder
can heal without surgery.
Head Coach Matt LaFleur said Jaire Alexander will be out for Sunday’s game at
Cincinnati and could still go on short-term injured reserve, but for now, he is not
being ruled out for the season.
Matt LaFleur said after Friday’s practice. “We’re going to let it heal and see where it’s
at. We’re hopeful that it will heal the right way and he’ll be back with us in a matter of
Alexander, who was injured on his big hit against 230-pound Pittsburgh Steelers
running back Najee Harris on a fourth down last week will be out for Sunday’s game
at the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It’s obviously big shoes to fill,” receiver Davante Adams said this week. “Jaire’s all
over the place. He makes a lot of plays. It’s not often a play is made on him.”
Alexander was a driving force in last year’s march to the NFC Championship Game,
putting on a coverage clinic down the stretch to cement his status as one of the NFL’s
top defensive players. According to Sports Info Solutions and its best guess at
coverage responsibilities, opposing quarterbacks were a woeful 8-of-24 passing for 96
yards during the final five regular-season games. In two playoff games,
the dominance continued with 2-of-7 for 16 yards and two interceptions.
That he could be available for a potential playoff run can’t be overstated. The NFL is a
passing-centric league. For the most part, the playoff teams will have good to great
quarterbacks. As such, Green Bay’s championship aspirations perhaps are alive and
well with Alexander avoiding season-ending surgery.