Alexander doesn't want to be an IR 'ghost'

SARASOTA, Fla.--– Who ya gonna call?

Lorenzo Alexander.

The Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker who ruptured his right Lisfranc ligament in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints was placed on injured reserve Monday afternoon. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to vanish.

“I told the coach I’ll be around because a lot of times IR guys kinda like just disappear and become ghosts,” Alexander said. “I know they brought me here for more than just playing football. Just to be a professional and try to help the young guys out and just help coach them up as much as possible and obviously we have a lot of guys hurt now and a lot of those guys will be in critical situations.”

Alexander said his surgery was scheduled for Tuesday with renowned foot doctor Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina. It’s the first time in his 17 years of playing football that Alexander is out for a season, he said.

“I’m not really worried about it,” Alexander said. “It’s a temporary setback.

"Just because it's something that isn’t part of what I thought was going to happen, there's no reason to be sad or be down. There's way worse thing going on."

With Alexander’s fellow outside linebacker Sam Acho joining him on injured reserve, Alexander understands his role as a captain and leader in the locker room has increased. He wants to be there to help ease the transition for whoever takes his or Acho’s position, whether that will be someone on the current roster or an addition.

One critical role Alexander will take on will be a buffer between the players and outside linebackers coach James Bettcher.

“My role is to just help facilitate the learning process for any guy they bring in,” Alexander said.