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.
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.
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.
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