Packers' Jaire Alexander taking groin injury 'day by day' en route to rookie debut

-- His rookie debut was put on hold after being held out of Thursday night's win over the Tennesee Titans, but with any luck, Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander should be on track to play this week.

The Packers host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, and they could have their No. 18 overall pick at their disposal after Alexander returned to practice on Sunday.

Alexander suffered a groin injury during the Packers' live Family Night scrimmage last weekend and had been kept out of practice activities ever since.

"I’m feeling good," Alexander said on Sunday. "Got out there, got some team reps, working me back in slowly—but surely."

The Packers haven't given Alexander many reps with the first-team defense, which can rightfully be expected with any rookie entering his first NFL training camp. They're running fellow rookie cornerback Josh Jackson through the same procedure, however, Jackson has 34 snaps against the Titans to his credit.

Alexander, meanwhile, has yet to showcase his abilities in live game action. When he does, it'll likely be as the Packers' primary nickel cornerback in whatever package defensive coordinator implements on the field.

Much like second-year cornerback Kevin King and his right shoulder injury, Alexander noted that the training staff is easing him back into action. While he feels capable of playing Thursday -- and probably felt just as capable to play against the Titans -- it wouldn't be a surprise if he's held out for precautionary purposes.

"It’s just a process. That’s what football is," Alexander said. "You have your ups and downs, just stay patient."

Just days before his injury, Alexander was indeed flashing during training camp. His last highlight play was intercepting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, undercutting a route and picking off a pass that was intended for receiver Randall Cobb.

It's that kind of playmaking prowess that the Packers want to infuse into their secondary sooner rather than later, but the primary focus is getting healthy.

"I’m fine. We’re still going to take it day by day with the training staff. But their word is always the good word, and it felt good to be out there today."

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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RCPackerFan's picture

August 13, 2018 at 09:48 am

I'm really excited to see both King and Alexander.

King I think is primed for a big 2nd year. Injuries ruined his rookie year. But he did some really good things.

Alexander has some swagger that we haven't seen in a while. I think he could make a big impact on the defense.

Getting these 2 guys on the field will be fun to watch to just see how much our CB's have improved from last year.
First step though getting these guys on the field and playing some live action.

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The TKstinator's picture

August 13, 2018 at 01:02 pm

Agreed!
But!
Great play>swagger

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RCPackerFan's picture

August 13, 2018 at 01:09 pm

Very true. But sometimes Great swagger comes from Great Play.

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The TKstinator's picture

August 13, 2018 at 01:51 pm

Chicken, egg
Egg, chicken..?
:)

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 13, 2018 at 01:54 pm

It always seemed obvious to me that the egg came first.

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RCPackerFan's picture

August 14, 2018 at 06:58 am

But what laid the egg? :)

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The TKstinator's picture

August 14, 2018 at 09:37 am

GB vs Seattle in the playoffs?

(Yowza!)

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JohnnyLogan's picture

August 13, 2018 at 11:56 am

I don't think the early stages of the season will be as smooth as everyone thinks. The secondary is likely improved but it's still two old veterans in Tramon and House and a bunch of young guys, with King and Jaire already worrying about injuries, We haven't improved our pass rush unless Gilbert becomes a huge surprise... so to to think a new DC can change things overnight is just wishful thinking. There are still no established stars on the defense outside the D line. Everyone else seems to be average to we'll see. I'm hopeful, but I'd feel better if Mack was on the team to at least scare the other side a little more.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

August 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm

JL The argument that's been brought up before is in Pettine's resume. With the Jets he had a dominant DLine with no name OLBers. Perry and CM3 while often injured have both had double digit sack seasons. They could both be considered established stars. Martinez and HHCD could also be argued to be established stars.

On top of that we have rookie potential stars with Alexander, King, and Jackson. It's August enjoy the wishful thinking while it lasts. It's better than the tears we had in January 2018. August is for the green and gold glasses which will lose their color once the season starts. R-E-L-A-X, have a cookie.

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Oppy's picture

August 13, 2018 at 12:53 pm

By contractual agreement, cookies can only be dispensed by authority of Since '61.

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The TKstinator's picture

August 13, 2018 at 01:05 pm

The TKstinator still seeks to earn his first.

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PatrickGB's picture

August 13, 2018 at 03:12 pm

But Alexander is too short! ;-)
Seriously, he looks like a good slot defender as long he is not covering a TE.
I think we will know more when we finally see him play in a game. Even if it’s a preseason game.

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porupack's picture

August 13, 2018 at 04:18 pm

Groin injuries tend to be pesky and persistent. So, glad to hear trainers and he are taking time for caution. I think they assembled a good cadre of CBs for such inevitable work hazards.

The D is going to ROCK Lambeau decibel levels this year while KMack pedals his exercise bike in CA. In 2019, he'll come begging to join the Pack for $15 m, and I'll go ahead and I'll give GuteKunst the ok to sign then. Just watch. My tea leaves say so.

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 14, 2018 at 08:46 am

Josh Jackson impressed me last Thursday. Good tight coverage while he uses his speed well.

With Rollins not doing much in PR and Davis still dinged up....I wonder if Alexander will be getting some reps there. He had some dandy returns at Louisville.

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