Green Bay Packers activate cornerback Jaire Alexander from injured reserve
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers returned cornerback Jaire Alexander to the active roster Wednesday, but coach Matt LaFleur said there was no set date for his return to the playing field.
Wednesday was the final day within the allotted three-week window for the club to either activate Alexander to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve due to a shoulder injury suffered Oct. 3 against Pittsburgh.
“It's going to be gradual," LaFleur said. "And when he's ready, then he'll be available but I think it's just more or less making sure that everybody feels comfortable with where he's at; making sure that he's good for the long haul.”
Alexander has been a limited participant in practice the past three weeks.
Left tackle David Bakhtiari had returned to practice as well before the holidays, but has not been present the past week.
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However LaFleur hasn’t given up hope to have Bakhtiari back before season’s end, as well as center Josh Myers.
“David's doing well, and we'll see where he's at," LaFleur said. "Just taking a day at a time with him. As far as Myers, we're not quite there yet, but we're hopeful that eventually he'll be able to go.”
Besides Bakhtiari and right tackle Billy Turner, the Packers who did not take part in practice was quarterback Aaron Rodgers (toe) and nose tackle Tyler Lancaster (back).
Running back Aaron Jones (knee) and tight end Dominique Dafney (ankle) were limited participants.
The Vikings placed wide receiver Adam Thielen on injured reserve after it was determined he would need ankle surgery.
Safety Harrison Smith (foot/shoulder), tight end Tyler Conklin (hamstring) and linebacker Chazz Surratt (illness) did not practice. Running back Dalvin Cook, who was activated from the COVID-19 list, was limited.