Green Bay Packers mode Jair Alexander On an injured reserve due to a sprained AC joint, but the star corner’s absence may extend beyond a few weeks.
Doctors are expected to decide in the next two weeks whether Alexander, one of the best defensive players in the NFL, will miss several weeks or the remainder of the season, sources told ESPN.
Alexander has already had several doctors review his shoulder test results, and more opinions are expected over the next two weeks before a decision is made, a source told ESPN. Doctors would like to see the test results and the extent to which Alexander’s shoulder has healed within a short period of time.
If Alexander needs surgery, which remains a possibility, his season will be over – a huge loss for the Green Bay defense.
Aside from the physical component, there is also a financial component at play in Alexander’s future. He’s currently in the fourth year of a five-year contract, and both Alexander and the Packers want to strike a long-term deal sooner rather than later. The deal is expected to be among the richest contracts ever awarded to Buck’s Corner.
Alexander, 24, sustained the injury while interfering in Green Bay’s fourth-week win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 2020 Pro Bowler will miss at least three matches after being put on IR on Saturday.
“It’s just one of those things we’ll let it heal and see where it is at stake before making that decision,” Packers coach Matt Lafleur said Friday. “But we hope he heals the right way and will be back with us in a matter of weeks.”
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