Redskins CB Adonis Alexander set to miss time with quad injury
By Ian Cummings
There’s still time for someone, anyone, to win the Redskins over for the No. 5 and No. 6 cornerback spots. But one contender is slowly slipping out of the race.
It was an acquisition flush with subtle promise and hope, when the Washington Redskins selected Adonis Alexander in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL supplemental draft.
Alexander, a looming 6-foot-3 figure out of Virginia Tech, would be rejoining college teammates Tim Settle and Greg Stroman, as well as college defensive backs coach Torrian Gray. It was believed to be a reunion that would help glean the best out of the young player.
Fast-forward to today: Alexander is a year into the NFL, coming off of an uneventful season. His defensive backs coach, with whom he was so familiar, was replaced by Ray Horton, and Alexander himself has been underwhelming in training camp practices. Alexander’s stock was already going down at the start of this week, and now, a development has emerged that could send Alexander’s chances at making the 53-man roster further into limbo.
In a press conference this morning, per ESPN’s John Keim, Jay Gruden said that Adonis Alexander might miss “a couple weeks” with a quad injury suffered during training camp. In addition, Gruden also said that Caleb Brantley suffered a minor Lisfranc sprain, and that Montez Sweat would be sitting out today’s practice, as a precaution after getting kicked in the shin yesterday.
For Alexander, it sounds like the injury is nothing more than a tweaked quad muscle or tendon, but for Alexander, even a tweak could be devastating for his chances at winning over the coaches in August. Alexander was already failing to live up to expectations in practices, and now, he’ll need to work his way back, while competitors for the backup cornerback spots remain on the field.
Still, Alexander will have some time after he gets back. If he returns in two weeks as planned, he’ll still have three preseason matchups to showcase his worth to the team. For now, he still has a chance to rebound and use his traits to earn a spot. But time is running short, and for two weeks, he won’t have any time at all.