The Green Bay Packers (7-8) are heading into their biggest game of the season to date. They’ll travel west to take on the Minnesota Vikings (7-8) on Sunday Night Football. The winner will still have a chance to make the playoffs this season while the loser will effectively be eliminated from playoff contention. That makes this contest, for all intents and purposes, a playoff game.
Today, the Packers have announced that they’ll impose a suspension for this game to one of their star players.
The Green Bay Packers Suspend Star Cornerback Jaire Alexander For Contest Against The Minnesota Vikings
The Packers released the following statement:
Green Bay Packers CB Jaire Alexander has been placed on the reserve/suspended list by the club for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Wednesday.
“The decision to suspend a player is never easy and not one we take lightly. Unfortunately, Jaire’s actions prior to the game in Carolina led us to take this step,” said Gutekunst. “As an organization, we have an expectation that everyone puts the team first. While we are disappointed, we had a good conversation with Jaire this morning and fully expect him to learn from this as we move forward together. We look forward to welcoming him back next week as he is a valued member of this team and will continue to be in the future.”
Although he wasn’t a captain on Sunday, Alexanderout for the coin toss (and won). As soon as Alexander won the coin toss for the Packers, he told the referees that he wanted “Green Bay’s defense on the field,” rather than saying the team wanted to defer.
If he had not clarified, the Packers would have lost the opportunity to receive the second half kickoff. This is certainly a bizarre situation. The team choosing to suspend their own player before the biggest contest of the season (and facing Justin Jefferson) is one that will come with some reactions around the league.
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