Alexander has undergone successful surgery to repair his torn ACL on and hopes to return at the start of the 2019 campaign, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Alexander could hit the open market this offseason if he doesn't re-sign with Tampa Bay before March. The fourth-year linebacker will likely come at a slight discount considering he will miss the rest of the year and could miss some of 2019, but plenty of teams will likely inquire about his services in free agency should Alexander elect to go that route.
Alexander (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Alexander's placement on injured reserve comes shortly following confirmations that the 2015 fourth-round pick tore his ACL during Sunday's win over the Browns. The star linebacker will miss the remainder of the season, and Adarius Taylor is likely to slot into the starting lineup as his replacement. Tampa Bay's already-struggling defense is all the more likely to give up big points in Alexander's absence.
Alexander (knee) was diagnosed Monday with a torn ACL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The 2015 fourth-round pick is in the final season of his rookie contract, sitting on 45 tackles (34 solo), a sack and two forced fumbles through six games. With Alexander out for the rest of the season, Adarius Taylor is the top candidate to handle a regular role alongside Lavonte David on the second level of Tampa Bay's struggling defense. Devante Bond may also be needed for more snaps.
Alexander (knee) may have suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's game against the Browns, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Alexander exited Sunday's game after he, "felt a pop" in his knee, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The star linebacker turned down a contract extension with the Buccaneers to begin the season, and a torn ACL would end the 24-year-old's season. Expect an update on Alexander's health after the conclusion of Sunday's game.
With Alexander out, Cameron Lynch and Devante Bond could be asked to step in and fill the temporary void. It's too premature to speculate how long Alexander will be sidelined, but his practice report next week should help provide more clarity moving forward.
|11||11/18/18||@ NYG||Lost 35-38|
|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||93||59.0||34||3||2||15||7.5||15||0||9|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||145||108.0||37||3||1||38||38.0||38||1||7|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||97||70.0||27||0||3||70||23.3||28||0||4|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||45||34.0||11||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
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|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||0||0||2||0||1||20||1||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||1||0||1||4||1||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|