According to a published report from ESPN’s Bill Williamson and John Clayton, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander may be lost for the season as a result of a knee injury sustained during training camp.
Williamson and Clayton cited a “source” in referencing the report, but where there is smoke, there is usually fire. Alexander was a highly productive player in 2012 for San Diego, catching 37 balls for 658 yards despite only starting 6 games, and he was set to be counted on in a major way for the rebuilding Chargers offense.
If the circulating report is true, Alexander would almost certainly be lost for the season, and that is a significant blow for San Diego. Alexander sustained three torn ACL injuries (a staggering revelation) at Missouri, and while that doesn’t necessarily prohibit him from a standard recovery, it doesn’t necessarily bode well for his future.
In the potential (if not likely) absence of Alexander, the cupboard is fairly bare for San Diego. The trio of Malcolm Floyd, former Broncos WR Eddie Royal, and the oft-injured Vincent Brown will be looked to for help alongside Philip Rivers, and frankly, none of those three players represents a terribly reliable source of production going forward. It isn’t definitive (yet), but Alexander’s loss represents an ominous start to an already underwhelming 2013 season for the Chargers.