Packers: Injuries at cornerback a concern entering Week 10

Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur, Jaire Alexander, Oren Burks (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur, Jaire Alexander, Oren Burks (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

The Packers have some injury concerns at cornerback.

The Green Bay Packers have a lot of talent at cornerback but their depth could be tested this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It’s still early in the week, but both starters Jaire Alexander and Kevin King are doubts for Sunday’s game.

Alexander suffered a concussion against the San Francisco 49ers last Thursday night. The extra few days of rest between games will be beneficial and there’s still plenty of time before the game, but as of Monday, Alexander still hadn’t cleared the concussion protocol.

King has missed all four of the Packers’ games following their bye week due to a quad injury. The team-leader in interceptions last season, the Packers have missed having King available in the secondary.

According to Mike Spofford of, King did practice on Monday. That’s good news but we won’t know more until the team releases the first Week 10 injury report on Wednesday.

It’s still possible that both Alexander and King will return for this week’s game, but another realistic scenario is that they both sit out of the game.

What would that mean for Green Bay’s secondary?

Josh Jackson would continue to get an expanded role in Mike Pettine’s defense. According to Pro Football Reference, he’s played almost every defensive snap over the past four weeks, starting each game.

Chandon Sullivan’s role would also increase. He’s already been playing a key role in the slot, but now the question is whether he’d remain there or move outside if Alexander misses the game.

Another player who’d see an increase in snaps is Ka’dar Hollman. According to Pro Football Reference, Hollman played 46 percent of the defensive snaps last week, by far a career-high.

Getting Alexander and King back would be huge for the defense. If not, expect to see more from Jackson and Hollman in Week 10.