Kwon Alexander may maybe maybe stroll in J.J. Watt’s footsteps.
The San Francisco 49ers linebacker suffered a pectoral injury days after Watt tore his pec. The latter returned with big enact within the Houston Texans’ wild-card agree with closing weekend. Now, Alexander will see to achieve the same this weekend when his Niners face the Minnesota Vikings.
Alexander returned to use closing week and has reportedly been cleared by the clinical workers. Coach Kyle Shanahan said the linebacker is expected to be restricted in apply Wednesday.
If and the map mighty Alexander performs in Saturday’s tilt will now come all the map down as to whether or no longer the educating workers trusts the linebacker coming off injury in a playoff sport.
“I change into told a long time within the past maybe there change into an delivery air probability he may maybe maybe play within the championship,” Shanahan said, through Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Space. “Kwon has been trying to come by inspire, trying to teach us spoiled…
“Now or no longer it’s a long way a educating determination.”
Or no longer it’s no longer a given that Alexander is shoved honest into accountability even supposing he’s medically cleared. After his playoff sport Saturday, Watt sounded bowled over that his pec made it throughout the total contest.
“I’m rather skittish, I’m no longer going to lie,” Watt said after the game of how his injury held up.
Would possibly also Alexander share the same luck?
San Francisco is hoping to come by inspire the sideline-to-sideline tackler along with pass rusher Dee Ford, who change into restricted Tuesday with hamstring and quad injuries. Earlier than the duo purchased wretchedness, the Niners’ protection change into a shutdown unit, permitting 12.8 components per sport and 241 complete yards. Since Alexander purchased wretchedness in Week 9 (Ford has played four snaps since Week 11), the D has allowed 26.0 components per sport and 322.6 yards per sport.
The query for Shanahan will most definitely be whether or no longer Alexander often is similar Kwon who devoured up tackles and defended backs and tight ends in location, or a lesser model that’s no longer as effective.
The Texans planned to curtail Watt’s snaps in their sport, holding him out mighty of the first half of. When Houston purchased down big, those plans had been trashed. Watt played the bulk of the 2nd-half of snaps and helped spearhead a comeback.
How the 49ers take care of Alexander’s return, in particular after seeing Watt alternate the game, is one key inform of Saturday’s playoff bout that’s worth staring at.
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