Danario Alexander Injury: Updates on Chargers WR's Knee and Recovery

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2014

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Danario Alexander #84 of the San Diego Chargers catches the ball while being covered by Brandian Ross #29 of  the Oakland Raiders on December 30, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 19

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports has the latest on Danario Alexander:

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.

Having undergone his initial ACL surgery last August following a preseason injury, Alexander suffered complications that required him to undergo a second reconstruction. Infection followed that forced Alexander to receive intensive antibiotic treatment as well as the subsequent surgeries, the source said.

Alexander, 25, already had undergone five surgeries on his left knee dating back to before he entered the NFL in 2010.

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Danario Alexander of the San Diego Chargers just can’t catch a break.

The wide receiver had ACL reconstruction done in August, but per a report from Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, things have taken a turn for the worse:

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.

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Danario Alexander #84 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates his touchdown with Antonio Gates #85 for a 24-7 lead over the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/
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Considering that Alexander is going to be hitting the free-agent market, this news could not have come at a worse time for him. Teams will likely have hesitation signing such a young player (25 years old) who is already having knee issues.

Alexander tallied 658 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in the Chargers’ last nine games of the 2012 season, so the talent and promise are clearly there. However, it will take time for Alexander to recover from the latest surgery and prove himself on the field to potential suitors.