Alford (pectoral) was officially placed on the Cardinals' injured reserve Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It's been a rough couple years for Alford, as he also missed the entire 2019 season after fracturing his tibia during training camp. At 31 years old, he will have to really focus on his recovery and prepping for the 2021 season. There is now an open competition for who will start at cornerback next to Patrick Peterson and Byron Murphy in nickel packages.
Alford will sit out of the 2020 season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle Monday, Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic reports.
Alford missed the entire 2019 season after fracturing his tibia during training camp, and the 31-year-old cornerback will miss a second straight season with a torn pectoral muscle. There's now an open competition for who will start at cornerback next to Patrick Peterson and Byron Murphy in nickel packages. Kevin Peterson and Duke Thomas are front runners for the gig.
Alford suffered a pectoral injury during Sunday's practice, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
It's unclear how Alford sustained the injury, but the veteran will be evaluated before the team figures out the extent. The hope is that the issue is minor, especially considering the 31-year-old missed all of last season with a broken leg.
Alford (leg) is healthy and ready to make his debut for the Cardinals, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.
The 31-year-old joined Arizona on a three-year, $22.5 million deal in February 2019, but he missed the entirety of the season after fracturing his tibia. Alford has yet to officially see the field for the Cardinals, but he figures to play a prominent role at cornerback alongside Patrick Peterson and Byron Murphy.
Alford (leg) said he'll play, at most, the final two games of the year, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Alford relayed that he still has "boxes to check," but he's been rehabbing with pool work to get ready for a return to practice. When/if Alford does return to the lineup, it's unclear how he'll be deployed after allowing 11.2 yards per target and eight scores in 2018. The situation is muddled by the likelihood that the Cardinals will be out of playoff contention at that point.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Alford (leg) could return from IR this season, but he won't practice this week, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Alford fractured his tibia in August and was placed on IR after making the 53-man roster in September. It sounds like he's nearing a full recovery, but the Cardinals will continue monitoring his progress. The 2013 second-rounder struggled in coverage last year, allowing 11.2 yards per target and eight touchdowns, but if he returns, he'd likely carve out a role considering the Cardinals sport the worst pass defense in the league, allowing 297.5 passing yards per game.
Alford (leg) has been placed on injured reserve, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
The Cardinals waited until Sunday for the transaction, making Alford eligible to return from IR once he misses at least eight weeks. With Patrick Peterson serving a six-game suspension, the team opens its season dealing with long-term absences for both starting corners. Matthew Stafford and the Lions passing attack will get a favorable Week 1 matchup, with 31-year-old Tramaine Brock and 21-year-old Byron Murphy likely starting at cornerback for the Cardinals.
Alford (leg) may land on injured reserve after being diagnosed with a tibia fracture, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The report notes that Alford could return from injured reserve during the second half of the upcoming campaign. He was signed to a three-year, $22.5 million contract this past offseason to occupy the starting job across from Patrick Peterson, who now is suspended for the first six games of the year. The Cardinals suddenly are looking at Tramaine Brock and second-round rookie Byron Murphy as their leading candidates to start at cornerback Week 1 against Detroit.
Alford suffered a leg injury during Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders and is expected to miss an "extended amount of time," Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
This is tough news for Alford, who was expected to begin the 2019 campaign as a starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't sound optimistic about Alford's availability moving forward, so there's a chance he could miss a good chunk of the upcoming season.
GM Steve Keim considers Alford to be the Cardinals' starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Typically, such a role has yielded plenty of looks from opposing quarterbacks and thus elevated production. That said, the position was a revolving door in 2018, hence the reason Keim pounced once Alford was released by the Falcons on Feb. 5. While Alford has picked off just three passes the last three seasons, he's averaged 61 tackles per 16 games during that stretch. A similar projection for 2019 is reasonable to expect, with an increase in interceptions possible with Peterson on the other side.
Alford signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Alford was released by the Falcons on Tuesday as the team looked to create some extra cap space ahead of free agency. The 2013 second-round pick struggled a bit in 2018, recording no interceptions and posting his worst tackle numbers in four years. He'll enter his age-30 season in 2019 and will add to Arizona's secondary depth and could start at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.
Alford was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
The cornerback was due $8.5 million in the upcoming season, but Atlanta opted to let him go after he struggled a bit during the 2017 campaign. Alford recorded just 50 tackles last season -- his lowest mark since 2014 -- and failed to grab an interception for the first time as a pro. Most experts expect him to find a new landing spot fairly soon, though it's currently unclear as to where that will be.
Alford collected five tackles during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
The sixth-year defensive back has dealt with an ankle injury for the past two weeks, but his level of play overall this season has been well below par. Alford owns a season-long performance grade of 48.5 from Pro Football Focus, a career low for him, and easily the worst of any of the Falcons' top four cornerbacks. After Atlanta got diced up by Baker Mayfield on Sunday (85 percent completion rate, three passing touchdowns), Alford and the Falcons secondary look to get back on track in Week 11 facing Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' bottom five pass offense (194 yards per game).
Alford (ankle) will suit up against the Browns on Sunday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Alford was a full participant in Friday's practice after having been limited to begin the week. The starting cornerback will return to Atlanta's lineup after missing last week's win over the Redskins, and he'll attempt to contain Baker Mayfield and the Browns on Sunday.
Alford (ankle) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Alex Smith racked up 306 passing yards against the Falcons in Week 9, as Alford missed his first game of 2018 (in fact, his absence snapped a streak of 46 consecutive starts). Isaiah Oliver was exposed in Alford's stead, as Josh Doctson elevated over the rookie in the end zone for a second-quarter touchdown. Atlanta would rejoice if Alford proves healthy enough to return to the lineup against Cleveland, with Baker Mayfield coming off a 297-yard passing outing against the Chiefs in his last time out.
Alford (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Alford wasn't able to participate at practice this week after playing through the injury Week 7, with the Falcons bye apparently not providing enough recovery time. Isaiah Oliver will make his second career start at cornerback in his absence, while Alford's streak of 46 straight starts will be snapped.
Alford (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Alford was unable to partake in practice on his 30th birthday Thursday, casting doubt as to whether he will be able to extend his streak of 46 consecutive starts. Alford played through a bum ankle in Atlanta's Week 7 win over the Giants, but it remains to be seen if he'll active for Sunday's tilt against Washington. If the veteran cornerback is unable to go against Alex Smith and the Redskins' No. 26 passing attack, rookie Isaiah Oliver is slotted to make his second career start.
Alford (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Alford popped up on the injury report for Atlanta's Wednesday practice session, having closed out the Falcons' Week 7 game against the Giants playing through an injured ankle. If Alford is unable to give it a go Sunday against Alex Smith and Washington's 26th-ranked pass offense (212.7 yards per game), rookie Isaiah Oliver will see a significant increase in his defensive snap count percentage of 18.3.
Alford had one tackle and zero pass deflections in Sunday's 43-37 loss to New Orleans.
The Falcons' No. 2 cornerback missed a goal-line tackle on Ted Ginn Jr. in the first quarter, resulting in the inaugural points of a classic NFC South shootout. Alford and the Atlanta secondary have allowed just 6.7 yards per attempt through Week 3, good for ninth-best in the NFL. Week 4 brings Andy Dalton and Cincinnati's top-12 passing attack into Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Alford's 68 total tackles (60 solo) were a career high for the fifth-year defensive back.
He only had one interception this year, which is surprising considering he's had at least two interceptions in all four previous seasons. He's under contract for three more years, so he should continue to be a decent IDP option with 50 to 70 expected tackles and the chance at a couple of interceptions.
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