The 49ers on Friday activated LB Kwon Alexander (pectoral) from IR. He is expected to play today against the Vikings. NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Alexander's fill-in, rookie Dre Greenlaw, will continue to play a key role. It's not yet clear which guy will start and how much each will play. Fred Warner looks like the only San Francisco ILB who should be in your IDP lineups if you're setting those today. With Alexander back and DE Dee Ford potentially back (he's questionable after missing basically the past 6 games), the Niners' defense on whole could be at its strongest in weeks.
Niners LB Kwon Alexander tore a pectoral muscle in Thursday night's game against the Cardinals and will miss the rest of the season, according to multiple reports. HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that rookie Dre Greenlaw will step into Alexander's spot, according to Niners Nation.
Niners LB Kwon Alexander got kicked out in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after delivering a blow to the head of QB Jameis Winston, a former teammate. We'll see if the incident affects Alexander's availability for Week 2.
Niners HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that QB Jimmy Garoppolo will not play in any preseason games, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. Garoppolo and LB Kwon Alexander will sit out the exhibitions as they work back from ACL tears that ended 2018 early for each player. This news isn't a big deal. Each player likely would have played less than a full game's worth of snaps anyway. But it would have been nice for fantasy owners to see Garoppolo in some game action before the regular season. Still, he's a solid draft value low in QB2 territory.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the 49ers have reached a 4-year, $54 million deal with LB Kwon Alexander. They can't finalize the contract until Wednesday afternoon. Alexander will join a LB corps that saw rookie Fred Warner play mostly on the inside last year. We'd bet on Alexander taking over the middle, though, and Warner playing the weak side. There's room for both to produce quality IDP numbers. Alexander is coming off a left ACL tear, but the new contract indicates little concern over his recovery. We'll certainly keep an eye on his progress through the spring and summer. We'll also see whether the Bucs stick with 2018 rookie Adarius Taylor at MLB or go in another direction.
An MRI has confirmed that Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander tore his left ACL in Sunday's win over the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That will end the LB's season after just 6 games. It marks the 3rd time in his 4 pro seasons that Alexander has played 12 games or fewer (the 1st of those because of a PED suspension). LB Adarius Taylor played a season-high 62% of the defensive snaps against Cleveland. That marked the 4th straight week in which his playing time increased. Taylor certainly looks like the biggest beneficiary of the Alexander injury. We'd like to wait and see just how much the strong-side starter plays against the Bengals in Week 8 before using him in IDP lineups.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander left late in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns after suffering a non-contact knee injury. He has been ruled out for the game. The situation looks potentially serious. We'll watch for updates after the game or tomorrow.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. But the Tampa Bay Times reports that he's finally ready to return for the 1st time since leaving the opener with a hamstring injury. Alexander put in full practices all week and should be good to go for IDP lineups. We've moved him up the the Week 7 IDP rankings. Lavonte David (ankle) is also officially questionable for the 2nd straight week but should play after seeing full duty in Week 6. Alexander's return will push Kendell Beckwith back to the strong side and likely cut his playing time down from the 100% level he's seen since Alexander went down.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander is expected to miss the team's Week 5 game -- in addition to this weekend's -- because of a hamstring injury. He suffered the injury back in Week 2 after dealing with a hamstring injury back in the preseason as well. The Bucs, of course, have no bye the rest of the way because of their rescheduled opener vs. Miami.
The Buccaneers have ruled MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Rookie LB Kendell Beckwith slid over from the strong side to fill in when Alexander left last week's game and figures to garner extra playing time with Alexander down in Week 3.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander left Sunday's game against the Bears in the 1st half with a hamstring injury and is doubtful to return. He dealt with hamstring trouble in the preseason, so this is a worrisome development. We'll keep an eye on the situation.
Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander will miss Saturday's 3rd preseason game with a hamstring injury that kept him out for nearly the whole practice week. HC Dirk Koetter told the Tampa Tribune this week, however, that Alexander's hamstring "will be fine." So we're not moving him from his perch near the top of our 2017 IDP rankings.
The league has denied the appeal of Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander for his PED suspension, according to the Tampa Tribune. That means the rookie will miss the final 4 games of the regular season and be eligible to play again this year only if the Bucs make the playoffs. That's a shame for Tampa and IDP owners, as Alexander had turned into a top-10 producer among fantasy LBs. HC Lovie Smith hasn't indicated whether Bruce Carter or Danny Lansanah will replace Alexander in the middle. We'd bet on Lansanah playing in passing sub packages (alongside Lavonte David) over Carter either way, though, making him the better fantasy pickup in deeper IDP leagues.
Update: Alexander actually dropped his appeal.
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