Danario Alexander's NFL career has been derailed by a knee injury yet again as the Chargers wide receiver tore his right ACL during practice on Tuesday. The team announced the injury, while ESPN's Adam Schefter said it could keep Alexander out for the 2013 season.
The injury occurred during one-on-one drills in practice when Alexander collided with cornerback Shareece Wright, according to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy initially said the injury was not serious, but that proved to be wrong.
Alexander has been plagued by serious knee injuries dating back to his college career at Missouri. He's had five surgeries on his left knee, with Tuesday's injury the first to his right knee. After struggling to stay healthy and stick in the NFL, Alexander had a breakthrough season for San Diego last year. He signed midway through the season and went on to catch 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games.
He was expected to play a key role in the Chargers' offense this season, but will instead have to endure yet another lengthy rehab. Without Alexander, the Chargers will have to find someone to fill the void and John Gennaro of Bolts From The Blue expects Vincent Brown to slide into Alexander's role as the No. 2 receiver.