Sep 20, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) celebrates after breaking up a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers place CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder) on IR

The Green Bay Packers placed top cornerback Jaire Alexander on injured reserve Saturday with an ailing shoulder.

The move comes one day after coach Matt LaFleur said the Packers are hopeful that Alexander’s AC joint injury will heal on its own over the next few weeks. Alexander is required to sit out the next three games as a result of being placed on injured reserve.

Alexander, 24, suffered the injury during the third quarter of Green Bay’s 27-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.

A first-round pick in 2018 and a Pro Bowl selection last season, Alexander has 188 tackles and five interceptions in 48 career games (46 starts). He has 13 tackles and one pick this season.

Cornerback Kevin King (concussion) had been removed from the injury report and is set to start in Alexander’s place when the Packers (3-1) visit the Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) on Sunday. King has missed the past two games.

Also on Saturday, the Packers activated defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster from the reserve/COVID-19 list and elevated guard Ben Braden and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown from the practice squad to the active roster.

Lancaster, 26, has recorded five tackles in three games this season. He has 84 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 46 career games (18 starts) with Green Bay.

Braden, 27, has played in seven career games with the New York Jets and Packers.

St. Brown, 25, has one catch for zero yards in two games this season. He has 29 receptions for 445 yards and one touchdown in 26 career games with the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) reacts against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Packers exercise fifth-year option on CB Jaire Alexander

The Green Bay Packers exercised the fifth-year option of standout cornerback Jaire Alexander, according to multiple reports on Friday.

Alexander will receive $13.294 million in 2022 in the final season of his rookie deal.

Alexander was a Pro Bowl selection last season when he had 51 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

The 18th overall pick in 2018, Alexander has 175 tackles, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks in 44 career contests (42 starts).

Alexander had seven college interceptions at Louisville (2015-17) before being tabbed in the first round by Green Bay.

–Field Level Media

Jan 13, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive guard Andrus Peat (75) lines up against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter of a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints clearing cap space with flurry of moves

The New Orleans Saints released wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and reportedly restructured the contracts of offensive lineman Andrus Peat and safety Malcolm Jenkins on Wednesday, clearing nearly $16 million in cap space.

The Saints are also expected to release linebacker Kwon Alexander in the coming days, a move that would clear another $13 million in cap space.

Sanders, who turns 34 on March 17, would have counted $10.5 million against the salary cap in 2021. His release frees up $6.5 million, per Spotrac. Sanders confirmed his release in a social media post.

Sanders caught 61 passes for 726 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games in his first season with New Orleans in 2020.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection had three straight 1,000-yard seasons with Denver (2014-16), and has caught 662 passes for 8,619 yards and 47 touchdowns in 158 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-13), Broncos (2014-19), San Francisco 49ers (2019) and Saints.

The Saints lowered Peat’s cap hit from $11.6 million to $5.6 million for this season, per the report. As a result, Peat will carry a cap hit of $15.45 million in 2022. The 27-year-old has started 73 of 78 games played since the Saints drafted him No. 13 overall in 2015.

The Saints reduced Jenkins’ salary to $1.05 million, converting $5.5 million of the difference into a signing bonus that will be spread over the next three years, per the report. The team saved $3.4 million for this season.

Jenkins, 33, started all 16 games for the Saints last season, intercepting three passes and racking up 91 tackles and 10 passes defensed.

The Saints traded for Alexander during the 2020 season, sending linebacker Kiko Alonso and a 2022 fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers. Alexander started seven games for the Saints before tearing his Achilles in December, missing the postseason. He’s expected to be ready for training camp.

The Saints slapped safety Marcus Williams with the franchise tag on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA;  Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) is seen with a Black Lives Matter message on the back of his helmet before the Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.  Mandatory Credit: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers CB Alexander exits with concussion

Green Bay cornerback Jaire Alexander sustained a concussion and was ruled out of the Packers’ game against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night in Santa Clara, Calif.

Alexander got hurt early in the second quarter when he was tackling San Francisco running back Jerick McKinnon and the two struck heads. He went to the locker room for examination, and the Packers announced he was through for the night at the outset of the third quarter.

The third-year pro had one tackle in the contest to increase his season total to 27. He has one interception this year, his fourth in 37 career games.

Packers running back Dexter Williams (knee), linebacker Krys Barnes (calf) and right tackle Rick Wagner (knee) also were lost with game-ending injuries in the first half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 20, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Justin Coleman (27) talks with Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander (20) after the game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bengals CB Alexander’s father found alive

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander’s father was found alive and is being reunited with the family after a three-day search in Florida, according to multiple reports Thursday morning.

NFL Network reported the man was in good health when he was located in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.

Alexander was arrested and released after being charged with one count of battery. He returned to the team Wednesday night, only to learn Thursday morning that his father was alive.

Alexander left the team after learning Jean Odney Alexandre (last name spelled differently) had gone missing while on a trip to pick berries. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said the man was reported missing Monday night.

The 65-year-old Alexandre reportedly was left behind by another man he joined on the berry-picking expedition.

The Bengals cornerback, 26, was charged with one count of battery and released on $2,000 bond. NFL Network said Wednesday morning that Alexander was arrested following an alleged confrontation with the man who allegedly deserted the player’s father.

The Bengals signed Alexander to a one-year, $4 million contract in March. He played four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, who selected the Clemson product in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

In 55 career games (10 starts), Alexander has 99 tackles, two interceptions and 21 passes defensed.

–Field Level Media