The New Orleans Saints have gained the NFC South for the fourth consecutive season after defeating the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas however will now transfer ahead with out a key piece to their protection. Linebacker Kwon Alexander tore his Achilles tendon on Friday and can now miss the remainder of the season, in response to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Community. Alexander suffered the damage within the second half of the Week 16 opener and needed to be carted to the locker room.
The 26-year-old was acquired by the Saints in a commerce with the San Francisco 49ers again in early November and rapidly adopted a key position inside Sean Payton’s protection. In seven video games performed for New Orleans, Alexander had 27 tackles, two fumble recoveries and 4 passes defended.
With Alexander now sidelined for the yr, the Saints will doubtless lean on Alex Anzalone, who began previous to Alexander’s arrival, and others to interchange him alongside the entrance seven.
The previous fourth-round choose started his profession with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers however signed a four-year, $54 million cope with the Niners again in March of 2019. Alexander nonetheless has two seasons remaining on that contract, however New Orleans can get out from below his deal quite simply this offseason and clear $13.4 million off their cap. That flexibility already painted a quite unsure future for Alexander, and now this damage may additional cloud it.