After playing a brilliant second half for the San Diego Chargers in 2012, Danario Alexander suffered a mind-numbing torn right ACL in practice on Tuesday. He is out for the season and it’s quite possible that his NFL career is over. He’s only 24-years-old, but has already labored through five surgeries on his left knee in a career riddled with injuries and bad news.
This is also nothing short of a nightmare for quarterback Philip Rivers who had a resurgence during the second half of last season due in large part to the playmaking ability of Alexander. During their last eight games together, Alexander pulled in 34 receptions for 597 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Without Alexander, expect Rivers to stumble out of the gate in San Diego with Malcom Floyd and VIncent Brown as his go-to receivers. It’s not that they are bad, but Alexander has really morphed into the team’s main playmaker alongside of Antonio Gates.
Floyd and Brown will see a bump up in their fantasy value, but neither player possesses the explosiveness that Alexander brought to the game and to the Chargers that desperately needed him.