49ers’ Kwon Alexander Done For Year

That’s a wrap on Kwon Alexander‘s season. The 49ers linebacker will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets

Earlier today, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that he was nervous about the MRI. After doctors reviewed the scans, they confirmed his (and Alexander’s) worst fears.

The Niners signed Alexander to a four-year, $54MM deal in March with $27MM guaranteed. Former Bucs star and current 49ers GM John Lynch was high on Alexander – perhaps a touch higher than other clubs this offseason – but things haven’t gone according to plan in the 25-year-old’s first season with SF. After missing 14 games between 2017 and 2018, he’ll miss the second half of the ’19 campaign, plus the playoffs.

Through eight games, Alexander rates as Pro Football Focus’ No. 33 ranked linebacker in the NFL (though, PFF’s metrics have never been high on his work). At the time of his season-ending ACL tear in 2018, PFF had him as the 53rd-ranked LB in the league.

On the plus side – Shanahan believes that tight end George Kittle’s knee injury is a short-term issue. Also, the 49ers are 8-0 – that also helps to ease the pain of losing one of their defensive starters.

The 49ers topped the Cardinals on Thursday night to keep their undefeated streak going. On Monday Nov. 11, they’ll return to action to face another division rival when they take on the Seahawks.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. Thronson5

    Pretty terrible. All these people were talking crap about that contract and he’s been one of if not the best LB in the game and definitely the best LB in coverage.

    • macdaddy96

      Man your smoking some good stuff. The guys always been a decent player, not great not terrible, but to call him the best LB in the game is just you being a homer. The best ability is availability and Alexander just doesn’t have it.

      • Thronson5

        One of the best LBs in the game and the best coverage LB. Go check the stats, check his coverage stats and compare it to others.

        • rainierdad

          Sucks to have someone go down for the year…I agree on that. One of the best in the game in coverage? He is tied with a bunch of others with 5 pass defenses, 1 interception, and he only has 34 tackles. That’s not stats for best coverage LB. If you want to talk best in the game, look at Kuechly, KJ Wright, or Cory Littleton….THOSE are the best in coverage. And to say “He’s the best LB in the game”? Come on…that’s crazy talk. Is he good? Yeah…Kwon is alright. But better than Littleton, Wagner, or even Devin Bush? Not even close.

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