The Green Bay Packers have been without All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander for most of the year. Alexander hurt his shoulder back in Week Four and has not seen the field since. He has returned to practice, though, and Coach Matt LaFleur had some interesting news about how and what Alexander was doing in practice.
Jaire Alexander as Wide Receiver?
Do not worry. Jaire Alexander is not switching positions. However, with the recent injuries and COVID cases that the Packers have had in the wide receiver room, Alexander has been helping the team by running routes as a scout team wide receiver. This has been in addition to his limited practice as a cornerback.
Alexander has not played wide receiver since he was in high school. According to his biography page on the Louisville University athletics page, Alexander had quite the senior season while in high school. Not only was he tabbed as one of the best cornerback prospects in the country, he also had 68 receptions for 1,123 yards and 18 touchdowns as a wide receiver.
Will Jaire Alexander Play on Sunday vs. Detroit?
The short answer to this question is: maybe. Jaire Alexander may not be able to practice very much this week due to being on the Reserve/COVID List. Coach LaFleur, however, would not rule him out completely.
Basically, the final thing keeping Jaire Alexander from returning right now, besides COVID, is the question of can he use his shoulder when tackling. There are very few drills and exercises that can show the medical staff that Alexander is ready. It is all dependent on his comfort level in pads. If Alexander does feel comfortable enough to play, he certainly will.