San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander tore his pectoral muscle on November 1, and common sense told you Alexander would miss the rest of the season. A month and a half later, a report came out that Alexander was working his way back for a potential playoff run. It seemed far-fetched, given that a fully torn pec muscle takes roughly six months to recover from. A harness enabled Alexander to return after a first-round bye, and he played the next there games.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that wasn’t the only injury Alexander dealt with during 2019. Rap sheet said Alexander dealt with a biceps injury that Alexander is having surgically repaired on Friday. Kwon is expected to have a full recovery and be at 100% by the time training camp rolls around. That’s a tough dude. Alexander restructured his contract back on November 23. On April 1, his salary goes from injury guaranteed to fully guaranteed. So the biceps injury confirms any speculation of the 49ers moving on from Alexander. Not that there was any, but you know the internet. Dre Greenlaw’s emergence and Alexander’s missing tackles in the Super Bowl lead to hot takes.
Alexander will be 26-years-old in August. His cap number is a lot more digestible for 2020 at $4.9 million. Once Alexander is on the roster come April 1, his $11.25 million injuries guaranteed will vest to a full guarantee. I’m looking forward to the version of Kwon we saw in the first half of the season when he was arguably the best coverage linebacker in all of football. It’ll also be interesting to see if Alexander and Greenlaw battle to see who starts at WILL linebacker. The loser has to come off the field and likely loses about 65-70% of the snaps. These are problems other teams wish they had.