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Tampa Bay's struggling defense will be without middle lineba

Mesajde liny195 » Sâm Ian 12, 2019 11:33 am

Kwon Alexander for the remainder of the season.The fourth-year pro was injured during the first half of Sunday's 26-23 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns.A MRI performed Monday confirmed that the 24-year-old Authentic Baker Mayfield Jersey , a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee."It's unfortunate," coach Dirk Koetter said. "Kwon was playing so well, and was the heart and soul of our defense."Koetter said backup linebacker Jack Cichy also suffered a season-ending knee injury against Cleveland and will miss the remainder of the year."Our locker room at halftime was extremely emotional," Koetter said. "Kwon came out of the training room right about the time we were getting ready to go back on the field. It was emotional. You could tell guys really care (about him)."Alexander has started all 46 games he's appeared in during his NFL career. He was a Pro Bowl selection two years ago and was having one of his best games of the season when he took an awkward step while rushing the passer and tumbled to the ground in the final minute of the second quarter.He walked off the field and to the locker room without help, but he did not play the second half."Guys like Kwon mean everything to this team, and I have empathy for him," quarterback Jameis Winston said."Before we left out there for halftime, he was like: 'Never take anything for granted.' He's so right," Winston added. "We see the passion he plays with. We see the heart he puts in the locker room. ... We're going to miss him, and I know he is going to make an amazing comeback."Losing Alexander and Cichy will severely test a unit that was criticized for its play during a three-game losing streak that followed a 2-0 start.Cornerback Vernon Hargreves III and safety Chris Conte were placed on injured reserve in September. First-round draft pick Vita Vea missed most of training camp and the start of the season with a calf problem Greg Joseph Jersey Elite , and four other players — tackles Gerald McCoy and Beau Allen, end Vinny Curry and cornerback Brent Grimes — have missed at least one start because of injuries.With Tampa Bay sitting at or near the bottom of the league in several key categories, including points allowed, defensive coordinator Mike Smith was fired last week and replaced by linebackers coach Mark Duffner.The defense was sharper in its first game under Duffner, sacking Baker Mayfield five times and yielding a season-low 305 yards to the offensively challenged Browns."You've got to have a next-man-up mentality. Kwon is a key piece to this defense," linebacker Lavonte David said, adding that several reserves stepped up and played well while filling in for McCoy, Curry and Alexander against Cleveland."Those guys ... filled the void, and that's what you've got to do," David added. "You never know when your number's going to get called, and their numbers were called (Sunday)." Cleveland Browns:“With E.J. Gaines out http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/greg-joseph-jersey , Browns shuffle cornerbacks as they prepare for NFL’s top-ranked passing attack” (ABJ) - “There’s never a good time for an NFL team to lose a starting cornerback, but this is a really bad week for the Browns to suffer such a setback.”“Need to Know: JC Tretter optimistic he’ll play despite ankle injury” (Browns.com) - “Browns center JC Tretter hasn’t been able to practice this week because of a high-ankle sprain but he’s optimistic he’ll play this weekend in Tampa.”“Landry trying to ignore the ugly stats as frustration grows” (C-T) - “The numbers aren’t pretty. So receiver Jarvis Landry isn’t looking at them. In rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield’s three starts, Landry has caught 11 passes in 29 targets...”“Baker Mayfield’s next challenge: Rebounding from worst loss ever” (ESPN) - “Mayfield’s words are statements of maturity. The quarterback’s job is to spread the credit when things go well, and take responsibility when they don’t go well.”NFL:“Injuries: Falcons DT Jarrett (ankle) returns to practice” (NFL.com) - “For an Atlanta Falcons defense decimated by injury, the return of defensive tackle Grady Jarrett will provide some relief.”“Derek Anderson to start at QB in place of Allen for Bills” (AP) - “Derek Anderson went from having the Buffalo Bills lure him out of semiretirement one week, to taking over the starting job for injured rookie Josh Allen the next.”“Cowboys highest-paid receiver suspended three games, reportedly over offseason arrest” (CBS) - “The 2018 NFL season has slowly gone from bad to worse for Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams.”“Chargers won’t be leaving L.A. for at least two decades” (PFT) - “In the wake of the news that owners have concerns about the Chargers in L.A., some in the media have started throwing darts at the map in search of a new home for the team.” Custom New Orleans Saints Jerseys
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