Alexander was lifted from the commissioner's exempt list Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Alexander was sent over to the Saints from the 49ers prior to the trade deadline, but he wasn't eligible to play in Week 9 due to COVID protocols. He'll be able to participate in practice with the team and suit up for Week 10 against his old San Francisco teammates now that the roster exemption has been lifted.
The Saints acquired Alexander (ankle) via trade from the 49ers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 49ers are expected to receive a conditional fifth-round pick and linebacker Kiko Alonso (knee) in return, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Alexander sat out the last two games for the 49ers due to an ankle injury, but the Saints likely believe that won't be an issue moving forward. The 26-year-old should be an immediate starter for the Saints. This wasn't a position of dire need, as the Saints already have one of the best run-stopping defenses in the NFL, allowing an average of 90.6 rushing yards per game (third in the league). Alexander could boost the team's pass coverage, though.
Alexander (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Alexander was considered doubtful for Sunday's contest, so it's no surprise he's sitting for the third straight contest. Azeez Al-Shaair and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles are in line for increased defensive snaps again this week.
Alexander (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Alexander's set to miss a third straight game, but his upgrade to limited participation Thursday signals that he could return to action soon. It'll still be a short turnaround for Alexander to be ready for the Week 9 matchup against Green Bay, a Thursday night affair. Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and Azeez Al-Shaair will both handle some of the reps left behind by Alexander.
Alexander (ankle) was able to log a limited practice session Thursday, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports. Progression in practice is an encouraging sign for the 26-year-old linebacker, as he sat out Wednesday's practice entirely following back-to-back inactive designations Weeks 6 and 7. Whether Alexander gets in enough work prior to Sunday's matchup against Seattle is yet to be seen. The 49ers will certainly evaluate long-term risk in bringing Alexander back from a high-ankle sprain, but he could certainly be a pivotal piece against Seattle's No. 1 scoring offense if able to go.
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