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Bills LB Alexander named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October

In four and a half games during the month, the tenth-year vet nearly matches his career totals from his first nine seasons.

Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.

Alexander played in five games during the month, although he missed much of the loss to the Patriots on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, only appearing in 29% of the team’s defensive snaps and recording only one tackle. In the other four games, however, the Lorax recorded six of his NFL-leading nine sacks, along with 16 tackles (15 solo).

To put that in perspective, he picked up nine total sacks in his first nine seasons in the league. The three sacks he recorded in the Bills’ Week 5 win over the Rams is more than he managed in any of his other full seasons, largely spent with the Redskins.

So far in 2016, Alexander has 30 tackles (25 solo) and three forced fumbles to go along with the sack total, which is a half-sack ahead of Broncos star Von Miller for tops in the league. He wasn’t even expected to play much on defense at all this season, but Shaq Lawson’s shoulder surgery gave him an opening that he doesn’t look at all interested in relinquishing.

His status for the Bills’ upcoming Monday Night Football tilt in Seattle is still up in the air, but the man himself seems optimistic. If he can play, even in a limited role (which isn’t too far off from his normal usage, anyway), the Bills should have a much better chance of slowing down the already-hobbled Russell Wilson and coming away with an unexpected victory in the Northwest.