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Chargers WR Danario Alexander sustains right ACL tear


Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander, who revitalized his career in 2012 with San Diego, has again suffered a serious injury.

The Chargers said Tuesday that Alexander has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, an injury that would seem likely to end his season, given its severity.

Alexander, 24, caught 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012 for the Chargers, who signed him in October. He had spent the previous two seasons with the Rams, hauling in 46 passes for 737 yards and three scores for St. Louis.

However, durability has long been the concern with Alexander. In St. Louis, he missed time both with knee and hamstring ailments with the Rams, and his left knee has been operated upon multiple times since his days at Missouri.

Vincent Brown would seem the most likely replacement for Alexander in the Chargers’ starting lineup, with Robert Meachem and Keenan Allen also moving up in the rotation, too. However, this is a blow to their offense, given Alexander’s talent.

Most of all, it’s a tough, sad setback for Alexander, who’s endured so much to make it this far.

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50 Responses to “Chargers WR Danario Alexander sustains right ACL tear”
  1. natelan69 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:46 PM

    Good thing we’re stacked here.

  2. 619sdfan4life says: Aug 6, 2013 7:49 PM

    Vincentbrown time

  3. sdcameron says: Aug 6, 2013 7:50 PM

    Feel really bad for the guy. All the talent in the world, just can’t catch a break. Get well DX.

  4. valcomm5 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:50 PM

    So much talent in this guy and he cant stay on the field! HOF talent with bust results. What a damn shame.

  5. yank3525 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:51 PM

    I feel bad for him since he really seemed to turn a corner when it comes to his injuries.

    But the team is deep at WR and should be able to move the ball if Rivers gets better protection.

  6. marcolamorsa says: Aug 6, 2013 7:51 PM

    Guy has the potential to be a megatron clone but too bad for his knees he cant poor dude.

  7. sportsbastard says: Aug 6, 2013 7:51 PM

    Gotta feel for this kid. All the talent in the world, just two knees that won’t cooperate.

  8. ss3walkman says: Aug 6, 2013 7:52 PM

    Vincent Brown time!

  9. fdugrad says: Aug 6, 2013 7:52 PM

    Holy Moly, players everywhere are falling to ACL tears. Is anyone within the NFL looking for a common thread or reason with the exception of low hits to the knee, such as common types of turf or shoes?

  10. dannyreneau says: Aug 6, 2013 7:54 PM

    Hey look at that, T.O. might have a chance after all.

  11. gtorlone says: Aug 6, 2013 7:57 PM

    It was Robert Meachem, in the training facility, with the lead pipe.

  12. rhabdodontidae says: Aug 6, 2013 7:57 PM

    There isn’t an easier guy to root for in this league than Alexander. Battled back from five knee surgeries to keep playing.

    But when is enough enough?

    For real, man, walk away while you still can.

  13. ambitoos says: Aug 6, 2013 7:57 PM

    You are right. That is the only position that has plenty of backup. Feel bad for Danario though.

  14. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 6, 2013 7:59 PM

    Notice that Steelers aren;t piling up injuries liek everyone else. We do things the right way and we hardly ever make mistakes. Takes notes.

    Pittsburgh was not built in a day.

  15. floridaslonechargersfan says: Aug 6, 2013 8:01 PM

    That’s it! I’m dusting off the pads, grabbing my cleats, and going to an NFL WR tryout. They are going to need bodies to run routes very soon at this rate!

    Sorry DA! Good thing the Chargers have a half decent WR corp. The whole thing depends on the OL anyway. If they couldn’t block, it wouldn’t matter how healthy DA was, he was not going to catch many passes!

  16. carlsbadboltfan says: Aug 6, 2013 8:02 PM

    Ugh. Dude looked like he was finally going to have a BIG year too.

    Next man, up! Brown, Allen or Meachem.

  17. vicnocal says: Aug 6, 2013 8:03 PM

    Feel bad for him. Football can be brutally unforgiving.

    That’s why it’s so impressive when guys like Frank Gore or Willis McGahee keep making it back & perservering through multiple injuries.

  18. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 6, 2013 8:04 PM

    PFT should list the players who haven’t torn their acl. It will probably be quicker.

  19. trevor123698 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:07 PM

    “There isn’t an easier guy to root for in this league than Alexander. Battled back from five knee surgeries to keep playing.

    But when is enough enough?

    For real, man, walk away while you still can.”

    he does not have to walk away. All he has to do is go listen to Theo Ratliff tell his story in “DEAD ATHLETES DON’T LIE”, then go get on about 500 dollars worth of supplements a month. Could be less money but as a professional he might as well load them in his body at that rate if he wants to keep playing for millions of dollars a year. Good luck Danario. its a shame your team doctors won’t teach you this stuff.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 6, 2013 8:08 PM

    Blew out the right AXLE this time.

  21. pike573 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:09 PM

    Miz-zou-rah. Crap, Maclin now Alexander

  22. sanctusreal says: Aug 6, 2013 8:10 PM

    All these injuries are just sickening.

  23. footballradioshow says: Aug 6, 2013 8:12 PM

    Huge loss for Chargers. This guy was ready to have a great season. He just can’t catch a break and stay healthy. The Chargers WR depth is good, but Alexander was a starter. I hope Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen are ready to pick up the slack.

  24. aaronfraudgers says: Aug 6, 2013 8:20 PM

    As a diehard Bears fan, it’s nice to read about other teams getting put through the ringer. I’m sick of my Bears always having crappy quarterbacks like Cutler.

  25. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 6, 2013 8:22 PM

    SUCKS!!! He was primed for a great year. Floyd ain’t the answer & Brown isn’t ever healthy. They need to go to FA. (Hello, T.O.? Like Powder Blue?)

  26. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 6, 2013 8:22 PM

    Incredible Talent. Incredibly Injury Prone. It’s sad. This is why no one offered him a contract higher than the original tender. I’m rooting for Alexander in 2014 (if he comes back)

  27. giantsfan64 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:23 PM

    Go Keenan. Step up & show you are a first round talent

  28. sdsupersean says: Aug 6, 2013 8:24 PM

    Time for Mike W to make an All-Torn ACL Team.

  29. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 6, 2013 8:25 PM

    fdugrad says:
    Aug 6, 2013 7:52 PM
    Holy Moly, players everywhere are falling to ACL tears. Is anyone within the NFL looking for a common thread or reason with the exception of low hits to the knee, such as common types of turf or shoes?


    It’s the supplements.

    Muscles out grow the ligaments… too much muscle for the ligament.

    Been happening a lot since the advent of Creatine and things of the like, a couple of decades ago…

  30. trevor123698 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:29 PM

    “It’s the supplements.

    Muscles out grow the ligaments… too much muscle for the ligament.

    Been happening a lot since the advent of Creatine and things of the like, a couple of decades ago…”


    That is wrong. In your sweat, you lose all the nutrients in your blood. These nutrients are required for ligament strength. You must take in about 1200 mg of calcium, 500 IU of vitamind d3, 5 mg of zinc, and 5mcg of coppper daily to prevent these injuries. and that doesn’t even hold a candle to what you really need to take into your body daily to hold up to the grind of working out. Exercise has nothing to do in the world with staying fit and in reality exercise kills most people. It is why DEAD ATHLETES DON’T LIE. google and you too will begin to know what I do. I personally thank youngevity for saving my athletic career

  31. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:31 PM

    Tough one for a guy who was trending upwards, if he can stay healthy he’s a force.

  32. donth8thehorns says: Aug 6, 2013 8:32 PM

    Ru kidding me! This kid was due for a major breakout year! This off season and camp has been brutal, what’s with the ACL tears this year??? Good thing my Vikings have the best training staff in the league, keeps injuries @ a minimum

  33. blacknsilver says: Aug 6, 2013 8:36 PM

    I wish him a full recovery

  34. donth8thehorns says: Aug 6, 2013 8:36 PM

    Has nothing to do with creatine!!! Get your facts straight b4 you comment on such dribble! Creatine??? My lord!!!
    Some bodies are just not made for the rigors of the game of football, unfortunately he has been susceptible to injuries. Well see if he can muster another return! This kid is special

  35. mauijim805 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:37 PM


  36. shackdelrio says: Aug 6, 2013 8:41 PM

    Yatil Green thinks Danario Alexander is injury prone

  37. rajbais says: Aug 6, 2013 8:45 PM

    Tomorrow’s edition of PFT live will temporarily be renamed “Wide Receiver Wednesday”.

    It’s unfortunate to see what’s going on.

  38. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:55 PM

    Man, what a tough break. Hope he gets well soon

  39. chargerdillon says: Aug 6, 2013 8:56 PM


  40. ramsnation88 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:25 PM

    Always liked this kid even when he was injured with us. Keep your chin up DX I hope you get another shot in the league.

  41. j0esixpack says: Aug 6, 2013 10:09 PM

    This guy is 6 foot 5 and only 24 years old

    The ACL tear sucks but he can rehab it and still have a heckuva career if he works at it

  42. xgarcia22 says: Aug 6, 2013 10:46 PM

    Chargers are done. They don’t have a WR who has caught more than 6 TD’s in a season. Plus they don’t have any accomplished running backs, their defense sucks, and Phillip Rivers will lead the NFL again for the third straight year. REBUILDING

  43. grumpyredskin23 says: Aug 6, 2013 11:23 PM

    Typical chargers, perennial losers. Why don’t you charger fans give it up?! They will never be good!

  44. vaughnjoe says: Aug 6, 2013 11:38 PM

    OK well this was bound to happen sooner or later. Thing is everyone here in SD thought this was going to happen early last season. Time for coach Mccoy to do what hes known to do best.

  45. nativeraider says: Aug 6, 2013 11:55 PM

    Being a RAIDERS fan I cant feel too happy about this. The guy was a deep threat and wanted to see what the RAIDERS 2ndary has. I know were not contending this year so it would be a good test.

  46. lanzurrah says: Aug 7, 2013 12:01 AM

    The Chargers are still in better shape at receiver than a lot of teams even with Alexander out….Floyd can dominate at times, Brown has been the most impressive WR on the field the past two years during camp but has had bad luck, Meachem and Royal are capable slot/backups, and Keenan Allen was unstoppable in college football prior to his injury last year. Throw in Gates and Green at TE, Brown and Woodhead out of the backfield…Rivers has options. This one doesn’t hurt nearly as much as the Ingram injury. A lot of talent behind Alexander.

  47. BigBeachBall says: Aug 7, 2013 12:24 AM

    Lot of bodies hitting the floor in this years training camp, the new coaching staff probably has something to do with it… Either way, the chargers are going to be damn good…
    Better than the raiders and kc as usual… Denver has thrown in the kitchen sink ever since manning arrived so those games will be interesting.

  48. beavertonsteve says: Aug 7, 2013 1:01 AM

    It makes me sad hearing this. I made the trip to St Louis from Oregon and happened to see Danario’s first game in the NFL (vs the Chargers ironically). It was just a blast to see the applause he got just entering the game. Then he made that beautiful touchdown grab and the place went absolutely nuts. If he’s willing to rehab again and give it another shot, good for him. If he calls it quits I wouldn’t blame him. At least he got a shot and hopefully saved up a little money.

  49. jaialaicharger says: Aug 7, 2013 8:55 AM

    I feel terrible for Donario. This will be equivalent to lass of Vincent Jackson as far as how this will affect the offense.
    But thank goodness AJ Smith is no longer the GM. He would have dished out a Jared Gaither style contract to DX for a half of season of production.
    Telesco was brilliant in how he approached the DX free agency situation and now the Bolts are not hamstrung with a big contract.

  50. kerbyjr1 says: Aug 7, 2013 1:03 PM

    Damn bodies dropping fast like flies in training camp sorry charger fans

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