Some encouraging injury news for the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday.
According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander was practicing today.
Schneidman did note that it was only a jog-through on Wednesday, so it doesn’t necessarily give us an indication that Alexander will be able to play this week, but it’s encouraging nonetheless.
This comes after a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero earlier this week that there is “optimism” that Alexander didn’t suffer a significant injury.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that Alexander is “day-to-day” with his injury.
Ah, the classic answer coaches like to use.
But while day-to-day doesn’t tell us much about Alexander’s status, it’s potentially important that LaFleur didn’t say that the injury was significant.
And the fact Alexander participated in the jog-through is also an encouraging sign. Had he suffered a more significant injury, it’s unlikely he would’ve been on the practice field at all.
Alexander left Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a groin injury and didn’t return. Even without Alexander, the Packers’ defense shut down the Buccaneers’ offense.
If Alexander is unable to go this week, Green Bay has more than enough talent on defense to slow down a New England Patriots offense likely with Brian Hoyer starting at quarterback.
It’s important that Alexander isn’t rushed back and is given time to fully recover from the injury. Whether he will be available this week remains to be seen, but maybe it’s best to be safe rather than sorry and keep him out for Week 4.
We’ll find out more in the coming days.