The San Diego Chargers simply can’t catch a break this offseason. Wide receiver Danario Alexander tore the ACL in his right knee on Tuesday and will miss the entire 2013 season, making him the third Charger to tear his ACL this offseason.
Alexander, who the Chargers signed off the street during the middle of the 2012 season, was simply the Chargers’ best offensive weapon last season. The physically-gifted, 6-foot-5 receiver developed instant chemistry with Philip Rivers and had a great opportunity to build on his breakout season, especially because he had the offseason to work with Rivers.
Now, one has to wonder if Alexander’s NFL career is over. There’s a good chance his Chargers’ career is over, having signed a one-year deal with the Bolts in April. The Chargers wouldn’t commit to Alexander long-term because of his injury history and almost certainly won’t now.
Alexander, who turns 25 on Wednesday, will undergo his sixth major knee surgery since college. Alexander had five knee surgeries on his left knee and will now be spending the 2013 season rehabbing his right knee. A player with two bad knees won’t be highly sought after even when he gets healthy in 2014.
Luckily, the Chargers are deep at wide receiver. Vincent Brown returned to practice on Tuesday after missing time due to a hamstring injury. Brown, who had already been battling Alexander for a starting spot, will likely take his place opposite Malcom Floyd. The Chargers also have Eddie Royal and Keenan Allen competing for the slot receiver position. Alexander’s injury could also open the door for the Chargers’ highest paid, yet least deserving, receiver Robert Meachem to get some playing time.
Meachem is also the only one of these receivers without an extensive injury history. That’s scary.