As the Green Bay Packers prepare for a Week 5 clash with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team has learned some unfortunate news regarding one of their top defenders.
The Packers placed cornerback Jaire Alexander on the injured reserve Saturday due to a shoulder injury he suffered during the Week 4 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. This news comes one day after Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters that the team wanted to give Alexander time to heal in hopes that he could avoid surgery.
Jaire Alexander Injury Update
The fact that LaFleur somewhat foreshadowed Alexander's IR placement on Friday should provide Packers fans with some optimism. If some rest is all the cornerback needs to get back to 100% health, missing three weeks of the season is certainly better than the alternative.
Alexander was a defensive force for Green Bay last season with his play earning him both Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors. He continued that momentum into the 2021 NFL season, recording 13 total tackles, three passes defended and an interception with an 83.7 passer rating when targeted.
Alexander has helped the Packers become one of the better teams when it comes to defending the pass this year. Green Bay is allowing 209.5 passing yards per game (8th), however, that could all change depending on how the fourth-year CB is out of the lineup.
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