Alexander healthy as return to field nears

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With his return to the field after missing almost a year just a few days away, veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is pleased with his progress.

The only major lingering effect from his torn right Lisfranc tendon suffered in Week 3 last season is soreness that Alexander doesn’t expect to go away this season. Other than that, he said he’s able to go full speed and make all the necessary moves.

“As far as running straight ahead, linear, I feel good, great,” Alexander said. “Still no hiccups moving laterally but nothing mentally that I’m worried about. It’s just something that I have to do with muscle memory and getting more reps, and each week and every day continue to get better and progressing in the right direction.”

His return also comes with a new job.

After starting the first three games of 2013 at outside linebacker, Alexander will be part of the inside linebacker committee that will work to replace Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington. He's content losing his outside position to John Abraham. He’d rather be inside.

“Inside is probably where I’m naturally talented at as far as with my skill set and what I’m able to do,” Alexander said.

Alexander’s been given the green light when he’s on the field, he said, so he’ll be full tilt Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium. His only limitations come during practice when his schedule is monitored to give him an occasional day off.

Like the rest of the inside linebackers, Alexander feels he has something to prove. It’s not just that he’s healthy, it’s that he belongs inside.

But with a couple days left until he straps on the pads again, he’s happy where he’s at.

“I’m in the mix helping guys out, having that veteran leadership,” Alexander said. “Whether I’m starting or not doesn’t really matter.”