Alexander has required "multiple" surgeries on his right knee because of infection after undergoing a second reconstruction of his anterior cruciate ligament in January, a source told FOX Sports 1.
This setback has cast doubt upon whether Alexander -- a pending unrestricted free agent -- will be able to play in 2014.
At this point, we're not expecting much from Alexander in 2014. Hopefully, he can get the issues with his knee straightened out and eventually return to football.
Danario Alexander devoted months to knee rehab, working to return from an August injury as soon as possible.
It won't happen as soon as first hoped.
The Chargers wide receiver recently underwent additional surgery to repair the right knee injury that ended his 2013 season, sources said. The revision ACL surgery, performed in January as a follow-up to the primary reconstruction done in August, delays the original timetable for the impending free agent's return to football activities.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 7:04pm
Chargers WR Eddie Royal (wrist) practiced fully Wednesday. Royal will be a hot pickup this week after scoring five TDs in his first two games. With Malcom Floyd out in the short term and Danario Alexander out for the season, there is a lot of opportunity in the Chargers' pass-happy offense.
Brown started four games as a rookie. He was raw, understandably between the lockout and a hamstring injury in training camp, but the ability was there with 13 catches, 234 yards and a touchdown in those starts.
“He runs great great routes, he's strong to the ball, he has huge hands, he has range, and he's a guy you trust,” Rivers said.
"He's an easy guy to throw the ball to," Rivers said. "He's so smooth, so strong to the ball, so sharp. ... If he can be out there on a consistent basis, which obviously if he is healthy he will be, people are going to say, 'Shoot, he's one of the staples of (their) offense.'"
As the WR3 in 2011, Brown averaged 2.4-41-.25 in eight games, and posted a solid 1.12 fantasy points per target (FP/T). With Danario Alexander out for the year, he figures to be the top WR in the San Diego offense. Injuries are a concern, however. Consider him a fringe WR3 with upside.
Update from Gehlken: "Initial MRI results show a sprain for Malcom Floyd. More testing coming Tuesday."
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8:12pm
Rookie Keenan Allen is playing catch-up. A damaged posterior cruciate ligament (knee) cost him his final three games at Cal last December, and Cal's class schedule denied him a few practices at Chargers Park in May.
Allen, 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds, said the knee was "85 to 90 percent" of full strength in June and "close to 100 percent if not 100 percent" when training camp opened July 25. He's made all 11 practices. Sometimes, he asserts himself. Other times, he looks uncertain. The four exhibition games represent a big chance for him to earn McCoy's trust.
Alexander, who tore his left ACL three times in college at Missouri, has had a history of knee problem.
Alexander emerged as a very good fantasy player last season, catching 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games overall. Over that span he posted #6 WR numbers, and this year we had him ranked as a solid WR3. Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd will both get a bump in value, but even Brown just recently returned to practice. Also, the Bolts are supposed to simplify things this year, running more with Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown, and getting the ball quicker out of QB Philip Rivers' hand. We have Keenan Allen next up on the depth chart followed by Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, who were both very disappointing last season. At TE, Antonio Gates figures to see a few more targets as well. This is a big blow to Philip Rivers.
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10:17am
Multiple coaches and teammates said in the spring they were taken aback by the rate at which Chargers QB Philip Rivers learned the new offense. There have been practices where he’s thrown more underneath passes than he can remember, and that added balance will be beneficial, he said, because it should allow for more third-and-manageable situations.
After four consecutive top 10 seasons, Rivers fell to 20th in total fantasy points and 22nd in PPG. This can be partly attributed to the departure of Vincent Jackson and the fact that Antonio Gates simply isn't a dominant tight end anymore. Rivers is not an elite QB who can overcome a talent drop off, but he is capable enough to post good-to-great numbers if he's surrounded by good players. There are concerns that all of this underneath throwing will negatively impact Danario Alexander, but the team would be foolish to ignore the chemistry and success that the Rivers/Alexander duo had last season.
Receiver Vincent Brown has a knack for pulling away while deep into a route. He showed it at San Diego State, as an NFL rookie, in training camp last year -- and in the camp opener on Thursday. Brown ran a fly pattern down the right sideline with cornerback Johnny Patrick stride for stride as Charlie Whitehurst aimed a pass about 15 yards ahead of them. Brown then ran away from Patrick, reached out and caught the ball before safety Jahleel Addae arrived.
Brown has been making noise all offseason and his ADP has risen into the 12th round. He'd make a nice handcuff for Danario Alexander owners.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:06am
He’s not quite 6-foot, not quite 200 pounds, not a guy who’d win a foot race against almost any cornerback. But he plays tall, plays big, plays fast.
Brown seemingly picking up where he left off last preseason before breaking his ankle is great news.
QB Philip Rivers still retains great rapport with WR Malcom Floyd and seemed to develop something with WR Danario Alexander last year, but if Brown continues to look as good as beat writer Kevin Acee says, Floyd could be the guy on the outside looking in. We currently have Brown ranked 59th among our WRs, and if he wins a job he will likely climb our charts a little. You should still be able to get him in the second half of drafts as a big-time sleeper candidate.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:01am
The ball is expected to leave QB Philip Rivers' hand quicker in 2013. While some situations will still call for going deep, Floyd must do more if he is to see regular snaps.
"I’m running different routes," Floyd said. "These coaches are really working on my lateral ability, a lot of these drills this offseason, getting in and out of my breaks. It’s details like foot placement on curl routes, reprogramming my brain. ... I’m 10 years old in this league, but I feel a lot better than last year. I’m very excited about this upcoming year."
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:44am
Chargers QB Philip Rivers, 31, seems determined to show he can be a better version of the quarterback that once led the NFL in passing yards (2010) and touchdowns (2008), and not the one who threw 25 interceptions, lost 12 fumbles and was sacked 79 times in the past two seasons.
He told USA TODAY Sports he has been reinvigorated by the new offense of head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
"I think my best football is ahead of me, I really do," Rivers said. "That's being optimistic, because we've had a lot of really good years. I am probably on the second half of my career, the back end, but I think I've got a lot of good football left.
After four consecutive top 10 seasons, Rivers fell to 20th in total fantasy points and 22nd in PPG. This can be partly attributed to the departure of Vincent Jackson and the fact that Antonio Gates simply isn't a dominant tight end anymore. Rivers is not an elite QB who can overcome a talent drop off, but he is capable enough to post good-to-great numbers if he's surrounded by good players. Hiring former Denver OC Mike McCoy and re-signing Danario Alexander should help. Of the QBs available in the later rounds, he has quite a bit of upside.
The wide receiver mixed in with the starters Monday for the first time this offseason, rotating with Malcom Floyd opposite Danario Alexander. While too much can be made about a player's June practice reps, Brown is expected to see a pronounced role in his third season.
That role would have come in 2012 if not for an August broken ankle. The former third-round pick out of San Diego State missed the entire year with the preseason injury, but he is fully recovered now.
Coach Mike McCoy said he anticipates Brown will "without a doubt" be a big part of the team's offense.
"He's been great," McCoy said. "We laid out a plan for him early on, and he's one of those kids who want to go full speed, 100 miles per hour every play. So we were holding back a little bit when we first got on the field, and it's just a process we're going through to make sure we're doing the right thing with him. But he's on board 100 percent with us, and he's done a great job."
The Sideline View's Adam Caplan reports the team is planning to use the low ("original-round") tender on the 24-year-old Danario Alexander. We don't often mull restricted free agents because very few are pursued, but Alexander stands to draw considerable interest if the low tag is applied.
The original-round tender would allow the Chargers to match any offer floated Alexander's way, but if they choose not to match, they'll receive nothing in return, because Alexander went undrafted. This is surprising because earlier reports suggested the Chargers might use their first-round tender on Alexander, which would all but guarantee he'd be back.
Alexander, despite a history of knee surgeries, turned it on for the Chargers last season, pulling down 37 catches for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games.
The Chargers found something in Alexander, who simply had not been able to stay healthy in his three-year career. In his final nine games, Alexander averaged 4.1-73-.78 (#6 WR numbers), so if his knees hold up, he'll represent significant value in the middle rounds. The Chargers are betting that no other team is willing to give the WR a big contract due to his injury history.
Charger WR Malcom Floyd's ankle is a sprain, not break, per league source. He was placed on IR.
Floyd will be fine for 2013, just wouldn't be able to recover and come back at this point in the season. He could have a decent partner in Danario Alexander on the other side, who emerged in the second half of the season. But, Floyd's production dropped a bit in that same span. The Chargers will likely see a lot of changes before taking the field next season.
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