The Packers have activated Jaire Alexander off the injured reserve. Alexander went to the injured reserve October 9th following a shoulder injury he sustained in the week 4 game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers opened his 21 day practice window on December 8th. Today marked the last day he could be activated or he wouldn’t be able to return at all this year.
Can He Play Sunday Night?
Jaire Alexander can play Sunday Night against the Vikings, but his activation isn’t an indication that he will. The Packers have a bigger picture to look at. Alexander will be a pivitol piece in the Packers Super Bowl run. However, the Packers may not want his first action back to be in a playoff game. Whether or not he suites up Sunday Night is dependent on if the Packers want to get him some in game action before the playoffs. The playoffs are not a time to be getting guys reacclimated to playing.
What it Means
Having Jaire Alexander back might be the biggest boost the defense is going to get unless Za’Darius Smith comes back as well. The Packers losing Alexander was a huge blow, but it actually benefited the secondary in some ways.
His injury jolted Eric Stokes into a more prominent role which progressed him greatly. Additionally, it made the Packers bring in Rasul Douglas. Douglas has five interceptions since joining the team. Two of them were game winners and two were returned for touchdowns. Now with Alexander back he can go back to shutting down opposing number one recievers while Stokes and Douglas will now be covering number two and number three wide outs. The Packers will have three guys at corner who are capabale of being lock down.