Mackensie Alexander may have played his last snap for the Vikings

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) MacKensie Alexander
(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) MacKensie Alexander /

A knee injury has sidelined cornerback Mackensie Alexander and it’s possible the 2020 free agent has played his final snap for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings are still in the hunt for a Super Bowl LIV appearance but the team has taken some bumps along the way. Some key players have sustained injuries that have kept them out of action leading up to the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and Mackensie Alexander is one of those individuals.

Alexander appeared to be making great strides this season, putting together everything he has learned over the course of four seasons with the purple and gold. However, a knee injury has kept him off the field and other cornerbacks have been getting banged up as well.

With the team preparing for the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, the expectation is that Mackensie Alexander will miss the game. In fact, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported on Twitter that the versatile defensive back would be undergoing arthroscopic surgery and there is hope he could return later in the playoffs. Or, conversely, the team could place him in injured reserve.

Of course, that means Minnesota would need to upset at least the 13-3 49ers if they wanted a chance at his return. Considering he is a free agent in 2020 and the Vikings are really struggling for salary cap during the upcoming season, there is a real chance that Alexander will never take the field again for a game with Minnesota.

Losing Alexander

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Hopefully, the salary cap wizardry for the Minnesota Vikings can find a way to keep several of their key free agents including Mackensie Alexander, Anthony Harris, Trae Waynes, and more. In the meantime, fans should expect some familiar faces to move on from the team during the upcoming offseason.