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TAMPA Michael Jordan Jersey , Fla. (AP) — linebacker Kwon Alexander for the remainder of the season.The fourth-year pro was injured during the first half of Sunday’s 26-23 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns.A MRI performed Monday confirmed that the 24-year-old, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.“It’s unfortunate,” coach Dirk Koetter said. “Kwon was playing so well, and was the heart and soul of our defense.”Koetter said backup linebacker Jack Cichy also suffered a season-ending knee injury against Cleveland and will miss the remainder of the year.“Our locker room at halftime was extremely emotional,” Koetter said. “Kwon came out of the training room right about the time we were getting ready to go back on the field. It was emotional. You could tell guys really care (about him).”Alexander has started all 46 games he’s appeared in during his NFL career. He was a Pro Bowl selection two years ago and was having one of his best games of the season when he took an awkward step while rushing the passer and tumbled to the ground in the final minute of the second quarter.He walked off the field and to the locker room without help, but he did not play the second half.“Guys like Kwon mean everything to this team http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-hunter-renfrow-jersey , and I have empathy for him,” quarterback Jameis Winston said.“Before we left out there for halftime, he was like: ‘Never take anything for granted.’ He’s so right,” Winston added. “We see the passion he plays with. We see the heart he puts in the locker room. … We’re going to miss him, and I know he is going to make an amazing comeback.”Losing Alexander and Cichy will severely test a unit that was criticized for its play during a three-game losing streak that followed a 2-0 start.Cornerback Vernon Hargreves III and safety Chris Conte were placed on injured reserve in September. First-round draft pick Vita Vea missed most of training camp and the start of the season with a calf problem, and four other players — tackles Gerald McCoy and Beau Allen, end Vinny Curry and cornerback Brent Grimes — have missed at least one start because of injuries.With Tampa Bay sitting at or near the bottom of the league in several key categories Zach Brown Jersey , including points allowed, defensive coordinator Mike Smith was fired last week and replaced by linebackers coach Mark Duffner.The defense was sharper in its first game under Duffner, sacking Baker Mayfield five times and yielding a season-low 305 yards to the offensively challenged Browns.“You’ve got to have a next-man-up mentality. Kwon is a key piece to this defense,” linebacker Lavonte David said, adding that several reserves stepped up and played well while filling in for McCoy, Curry and Alexander against Cleveland.“Those guys … filled the void, and that’s what you’ve got to do Shareef Miller Jersey ,” David added. “You never know when your number’s going to get called, and their numbers were called (Sunday).” Johnson County, Kansas District Attorney Stephen Howe announced on Wednesday that his office will not be filing charges against Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill after investigating a pair of incidents involving Hill’s three-year-old son.Howe said his office believed a crime resulting in injury to the boy occurred, but “the evidence does not conclusively establish” that Hill or the boy’s mother Crystal Espinal committed that crime. Hill released a statement on Thursday in response to the investigation.“I love and support my family above anything. My son’s health and happiness is my number one priority. I want to thank the Kansas City Chiefs, my attorneys, my agent and my union for supporting me through this. My focus remains on working hard to be the best person for my family and our community I can be, and the best player to help our team win.”The statement was released through Hill’s attorneys Devin Bush Jersey , who add that their client cooperated with the investigation, did not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and answered all questions. They also maintain that Hill is innocent of any crime, but cannot comment on specific allegations “due to laws related to confidentiality.”The NFL had no comment to a question about whether it would conduct its own investigation to determine if a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy took place.
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