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Packers suspend CB Jaire Alexander for Week 17 game vs. Vikings

Alexander ran out for the coin toss when he wasn’t supposed to in Week 16, nearly costing the team a possession.

Los Angeles Rams v Green Bay Packers
Jaire Alexander of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on November 05, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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The Green Bay Packers are suspending star cornerback Jaire Alexander for the Week 17 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings due to what they are calling conduct detrimental to the team. Alexander went to the coin toss in the team’s Week 16 game against the Panthers and made a call despite not being named a captain for the game, then said the team wanted to “play defense” when he won. If the referee didn’t allow him to clarify that decision, the Panthers would’ve received the kickoff to start both halves. Luckily for Alexander, the referee did allow him to adjust that decision.

Here’s Alexander’s side of the story for why he did what he did.

It hasn’t been a banner season for the cornerback, who has largely been on the sidelines with various injuries. He’ll now be out of action due to a suspension as the Packers remain in the playoff hunt. Alexander would’ve been useful for Green Bay to cover Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson, who has routinely cooked the Packers but was shut down in last year’s return game by Alexander. Alexander hit the “griddy” after breaking up one of the game’s first passes for Jefferson, and dominated after that.

The Packers are 1.5-point underdogs in this primetime game at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total coming in at 46. Green Bay is +105 on the moneyline.