Concerned Packers send Jaire Alexander for further opinions following shoulder injury | Professional football
Now it’s all in the air, and if Alexander is out for an extended period and King doesn’t clear the concussion protocol in time to return for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati, the Packers would likely need to add. using the cornerback.
“It’s something we’ll definitely have a plan for, but we’re kind of in that waiting pattern until we find out what’s really wrong with Ja,” said LaFleur.
With King out, Stokes started in his place and played well. But if King and Alexander are sidelined, the Packers should likely start Isaac Yiadom, who replaced Alexander against the Steelers, and fifth-round rookie Shemar Jean-Charles, who also played late in the game. . Yiadom was acquired during training camp for the New York Giants after the Packers decided to leave 2018 second-round pick Josh Jackson.
Chandon Sullivan, the fifth defensive back in the team’s nickel package, is almost exclusively a slot machine and would likely stay in that role if King and Alexander were to face the Bengals.
Meanwhile, Smith, who entered the injured reserve last month after playing just 18 snaps in Game 1, underwent surgery last week, and LaFleur has acknowledged that Smith may not be back. even for the playoffs.
When asked if he thought Smith would be back this season, LaFleur replied, “I hope so, but I don’t really know. A lot of it depends on how you heal. Of course, we are hopeful. But it’s far.