Packers suspend Jaire Alexander 1 game for coin-toss mishap.

On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers punished cornerback Jaire Alexander for one game for his coin-toss misstep last week that nearly cost the team a possession.

Green Bay's Sunday game against the Minnesota Vikings will be without Alexander.

Suspending a player is never simple or taken lightly. "Unfortunately, Jaire's actions before the Carolina game led us to take this step," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst stated Wednesday. 

We expect everyone to prioritize the team. We are unhappy, but we had a good talk with Jaire this morning and anticipate him to learn from this as we move forward.

We look forward to his return next week as a valuable team member and in the future."

The Packers' 33-30 win over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday began with the incident. Alexander, who wasn't the game captain, joined the coin toss at middle and correctly called tails, but declined to say "defer" when referee Alex Kemp asked.

"I said, 'I want our defense to be out there,' and they looked at me like I was crazy," Alexander recalls. "I just want the defense out there. 'You mean defer?' I said, 'Yeah, I guess.'"

The Panthers would have received the first- and second-half kickoffs if Kemp hadn't double-checked Alexander's intent.

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