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Packers CB Jaire Alexander ruled OUT vs. Giants

Alexander (shoulder) was originally called questionable for the game on Saturday when Green Bay released its final injury report of the week.

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The Green Bay Packers have officially ruled out a second player from competing against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football this week. On Saturday, the team made it clear that receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) will not be playing versus the Giants. On Sunday, the team officially downgraded cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) from questionable to out against New York.

Alexander hasn’t been on the field since Week 9 against the Los Angeles Rams, as he’s now set to miss his fifth straight game of the 2023 season. He also missed three games from Week 3 to Week 7, bringing his total games missed this season to eight.

With Alexander out of the lineup, Rasul Douglas traded to the Buffalo Bills and Eric Stokes (hamstring) still on the injured reserve, the assumption is that the Packers will start rookie seventh-round pick Carrington Valentine and Corey Ballentine as their outside cornerbacks against the Giants. Valentine has made eight starts this season, and Ballentine has made four starts.

The wildcard at the cornerback position is if Stokes returns from the injured reserve this week. Head coach Matt LaFleur stated that Stokes has a chance to play and contribute on the defensive side of the ball, as he’s now had significant practice time. Stokes began the season on the physically unable to perform list. Upon his return to the 53-man roster, Stokes played a special teams-only role for the Packers before pulling his hamstring. It appears that whenever Stokes does come back, the team is confident that he can get some playing time on defense.

Green Bay currently sits with a full 53-man roster, so the activation of Stokes would have to come with a corresponding roster move.