Kwon Alexander’s recovery from Achilles surgery has been well-documented. The New Orleans Saints linebacker shared regular updates on his status in videos on Instagram and Twitter throughout the offseason while rehabilitating his injured ankle in Miami, often wearing team-branded clothing. And the coincidence wasn’t missed by Sean Payton, who confirmed Alexander’s return during training camp.
“I told him I got tired of his social media workouts, he’s just been wearing me out,” Payton grinned following Wednesday’s practice session.
And the Saints were keeping close tabs on Alexander’s progress — they just weren’t exactly stalking his social media activity. Both sides enjoyed the team-up last season and hoped to reunite after Alexander was a salary cap cut earlier this year. He’s come a long way, but Alexander isn’t ready to work with his teammates just yet.
Payton added that it’s a significant injury, and Alexander needs more time before he’ll be game-ready. It’s why he hasn’t officially signed a contract yet, having just arrived in town. Between that delay, league COVID-19 protocols, and an abundance of caution for a player still working his way back to full strength, it makes sense to be patient. And, remember: Alexander still has to outplay a couple of promising youngsters in Pete Werner and Zack Baun before he can join Demario Davis on the field again.
“We will be smart with getting him up to speed,” Payton finished. “I’m glad he’s back.”