June 15, 2024

The Green Bay Packers’ chances of winning the Super Bowl in 2020 were likely dashed when left tackle David Bakhtiari tore his ACL in practice before the final regular-season game.

Could the Packers’ chances of beating the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC wild-card game on Sunday be dashed on the practice field as well?

Jaire Alexander rolled his ankle during Wednesday’s jog-through practice after stepping on a teammate. He did not practice on Thursday and was not visible on the practice field for the portion of Friday’s practice that was open to the media.

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With a playoff matchup against the Cowboys, who led the NFL in scoring behind touchdown-pass leader Dak Prescott and receptions leader CeeDee Lamb, Alexander’s uncertain status might be a huge issue.

Alexander is expected to be able to practice on Friday, according to defensive coordinator Joe Barry.

“He was better today,” Barry stated on Thursday afternoon. “He didn’t do anything today but I’m hoping he walks in here tomorrow and practices and has a good Friday.”

Green Bay, fortunately, has prior experience playing without Alexander. Alexander appeared in only seven of 17 games due to back and shoulder problems and a one-game ban. Carrington Valentine, a seventh-round pick, started 12 games, and veteran Corey Ballentine, who had not started a game since 2020, began six.

The Packers have enjoyed some success without Alexander as well, with victories over Justin Herbert and the Chargers, Jared Goff and the Lions, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, and Justin Jefferson and the Vikings.

 

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