The Green Bay Packers brought in a former Chicago Bears cornerback for a workout Monday amid questions about Jaire Alexander’s back injury. The Packers have a few cornerbacks battling injuries this week.
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry thinks Eric Stokes’ injury is a “champagne” problem for the Packers secondary. However, losing Alexander isn’t a luxury Barry or the defense can afford.
According to Zachary Jacobson with Packer Report, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said last week that the team hopes Alexander can return in the “near future.” However, LaFleur used language that indicated the back injury was serious:
But back injuries are typically tricky, as head coach Matt LaFleur alluded to on Friday. He insists, however, that the team’s medical staff is on top of it; he’s “hopeful” that Alexander will be back at full strength in the near future.
“They’ve got a handle on it,” LaFleur said. “I would say we’re not overly concerned long term. But just, I mean, has anybody ever had a bad back in here? It’s a bad deal.”
Not overly concerned means…somewat concerned.
The Green Bay Packers work out a former Chicago Bears CB
The Packers are looking to add depth at cornerback this week ahead of their Week 5 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. According to Rob Demovksy with ESPN, the Packers brought in Thakarius “BoPete” Keyes for a workout on Monday.
The Packers worked out former 1,000-yard rusher (with the Jaguars) James Robinson on Monday.
Other workouts were:
RB Clint Ratkovich (Northern Illinois)
LB Olakunle Fatukasi (Rutgers)
CB Thakarius Keyes (Tulane)
S Christian Young (Arizona)
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The Tulane product has been with several NFL teams since the Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bears signed him during the 2021 season. He played in one game for Chicago.
Keyes has played in 13 total games in his NFL career. One of those games was a start.
The Packers have not signed Keyes as of this publishing.
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