The San Diego Chargers signed former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander last year, and he stepped up in his 10 games. Alexander led San Diego in receiving yards per game, yards per reception, and was tied with Antonio Gates for the team lead in touchdown receptions.
According to ESPN’s John Clayton and Bill Williamson, Alexander tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2013 NFL season.
San Diego ranked 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception last year, while Alexander ranked third in yards per reception and 22nd in yards per game.
Alexander was listed as the second starting WR on the depth chart alongside Malcom Floyd. Former Denver Broncos punt returner/WR Eddie Royal is listed as Alexander’s primary backup on the team’s website. Former California Golden Bears WR and 2013 third-round pick Keenan Allen is listed behind Royal on the depth chart.
Royal is listed as Alexander’s backup, but he has not had at least 60 receptions in a season since 2008. Royal combined for the same amount of TD receptions in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 that he had in 2008. Allen is coming off a torn PCL that made him drop to the third round of April’s draft.
Vincent Brown is listed as the primary backup to Floyd on the depth chart. This could be a chance for him to grab the job as San Diego’s second starter at WR.
Alexander had four knee surgeries since the start of 2010 which made playing him a risk, but he was San Diego’s best receiver in 2012 and there were high hopes for him this year.
This injury could be devastating for San Diego’s offense unless a receiver steps up in his place, or the rushing attack is better than it was in 2012. San Diego ranked 27th in rushing yards per game, 31st in yards per rushing attempt and last in rushing touchdowns.
Alexander appeared to be poised for a big year and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. One has to wonder if he has played his last game with San Diego.