He had practiced with the Panthers last week due to a roster exemption but was not added to the active roster until today. To make room on the roster, the team placed wide receiver De’Andre Presley on injured reserve because of a concussion suffered against the Browns.
Entering this season, the Panthers knew they were going to be without Alexander for the first four weeks of the season due to him violating the league’s drug policy. However, at the beginning of October he violated the league’s drug policy for a second time and had to serve a 10-game suspension.
At times this year, the Panthers defense sorely missed Alexander as the team’s pass rush was almost non-existent. However as of late they have shown an ability to get after the quarterback with 11 sacks the past four games. The addition of Alexander will only help this resurgence as they will have to get steady pressure on Matt Ryan if they hope to keep that offense in check.
The third-year player has 3.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries in 28 career games. The coaching staff will now be responsible for finding a way to work Alexander into the defensive end rotation with Charles Johnson, Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Wes Horton.