The 49ers just announced linebacker Kwon Alexander tore his pectoral muscle Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals and likely will have season-ending surgery next week.
Tough blow. Alexander was the heart of the defense, and a play maker. This season, he has 34 tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, half of a sack, one forced fumble, four pass breakups and an interception. Opposing quarterbacks completed only 36.4 percent of their passes when targeting Alexander. He’s an excellent player, especially in pass coverage.
As a run defender, Alexander is small and misses lots of tackles. This season, he missed 11 tackles in eight games. And he can’t stay healthy. He sat out 10 games with a torn ACL last season when he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That was before the 49ers signed him to a four-year, $54 million contract.
Alexander’s replacement, Dre Greenlaw, is a rookie who has missed no tackles this season. He’s a fast and violent run defender, but might be a liability in coverage. He has given up three catches in four targets this season, and he’s short — only 5’11”.
How do you think Alexander’s injury will affect the 49ers the rest of the season?
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