49ers LB Kwon Alexander out for the season with torn pectoral muscle injury

The San Francisco 49ers lost linebacker Kwon Alexander for the rest of the 2019 season due to a torn pectoral muscle injury sustained in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals.

The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to finish the remainder of the 2019 NFL season without one of their star players after linebacker Kwon Alexander sustained a torn pectoral muscle during the team’s Thursday Night Football victory against the Arizona Cardinals last night.

Alexander was scheduled to undergo an MRI earlier this morning in order to reveal the extent of the injury.

Soon after the test, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the MRI confirmed Alexander tore his pectoral muscle. The injury will keep the Niners’ splash offseason acquisition off the playing field for the team for the rest of the year:

Alexander’s injury is a devastating blow for the 49ers, as the young linebacker quickly became a leader on the team’s defense both on the field and in the locker room. San Francisco’s defensive unit, which has been dominant over the course of the 2019 NFL season, had an extremely difficult time stopping the Cardinals’ offense after Alexander’s injury forced him to the sideline in Week 9.

The 49ers signed Alexander — previously of the Tampa Bay Buccanneers — to a four year, $54 million contract during free agency over the offseason. Alexander started all eight games for the Niners this season, tallying 34 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

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Rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw replaced Alexander during the latter part of Thursday’s contest, and is slated to continue in that role for San Francisco’s defense going forward.

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