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    Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Alexander Fights On

    By Nick Wagoner/Senior Writer
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    One day after having yet another MRI on his surgically-repaired knee, receiver Danario Alexander again returned to the practice field as determined as ever to make playing for the Rams his full time profession.
    “He wants this thing bad, he is a competitor and I respect him for that,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I’ll visit with him every day to see where he’s at but I think it’s important we make sure the health of our players is right and that’s why we sent him over to get the MRI.”
    The results of the MRI showed what Spagnuolo called a “little degenerative change” but what it really amounts to for Alexander is chronic swelling in the knee.
    Alexander was given the option to go and have another surgery to clean it out but he declined as he finds himself in the middle of a fierce competition for jobs at the receiver position.
    “I had swelling and I just wanted to know what was going on in my knee,” Alexander said. “We got the MRI and it showed that I have a little bit of something going on but nothing serious so I am able to keep going.”
    A number of surgeries ago, Alexander came to grips with the fact that his left knee would always be an issue he’d have to deal with and monitor.
    It’s easy to forget, too, that this is Alexander’s first full-go training camp and he didn’t have the luxury of a full offseason to prepare for the rigors of it.
    Alexander is quick to acknowledge that working out by himself was able to get him in shape but there’s a big difference between being in shape and being in football shape, especially when working through constant knee issues.
    “It’s a tough thing, it’s not easy for anybody with regular knees,” Alexander said. “So for me to be out there with a few surgeries and come out here and take the practice grind day in and day out, this is going to happen.”
    Alexander spent his offseason working out in Texas, doing weight training and running routes as much as possible. He came in feeling good but without having the experience of a NFL training camp and the constant pounding his knees take throughout a practice, it’s been a difficult adjustment.
    “My offseason would have been a lot different if I would have been able to be here with the training staff and working on everything every day,” Alexander said. “With that time off, I had to basically do everything on my own. I thought I was ready for camp but I don’t think anything truly prepares you for it.”
    Still, Alexander has been as tough as advertised, playing through some of the swelling and pain that goes with the territory.
    For now, Alexander finds himself embroiled in a competition for one of those coveted roster spots at wide receiver, the position with perhaps more competition than any other in this training camp.
    Alexander spent time with the first unit early in camp but most of his reps have been with the twos in the past couple of weeks, including in the games. He’s even done some work with the third unit as the Rams cycle the receivers through the various groups to see who steps up to the challenge.
    At 6’5, 215 pounds with good speed, Alexander knows he brings an element to the offense that the other wideouts don’t. He also knows he has to prove that he can bring that element to the table on a consistent basis for it to matter.
    “It’s a tough competition,” Alexander said. “We have some really good receivers out there. Every day means a lot. That’s the competition. You can’t set the standard of where you want to push yourself because you have got to go above and beyond to come out here and be seen by the coaches.”
    All told, Alexander actually hasn’t missed any more time than most of the wideouts on the roster in this camp. He sat out a couple of practices more than a week ago with some fluid on his knee and he missed on Monday.
    Mike Sims-Walker, Mardy Gilyard, Donnie Avery and Greg Salas have all missed almost as much or more than Alexander.
    Of course, none of them have the history Alexander does when it comes to the knee. But what he’s lacking in a healthy knee, it’s clear he’s trying to make up for in heart and guts.
    “It’s a tough thing, I mean it’s a struggle for all of us,” Spagnuolo said. “He wants it to be 100 percent healthy. He has an injury; he’s had surgery so he’s fighting through it. But he has been doing a pretty good job out here in fighting through it. But I leave that on him. I trust him and what he feels. And again…he is one tough sucker and I respect that.”
    INJURY REPORT: As feared, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is going to miss a little bit of time with what the team is calling a calf strain.
    Hoomanawanui did not practice again on Tuesday and will likely miss a couple of weeks according to Spagnuolo.
    “He is going to be down for a little bit,” Spagnuolo said. “It is a calf strain is what (Head Athletic Trainer) Reggie (Scott) is calling it and the doctors. It will be a couple weeks; we’ll see where it’s at. At some point we’ll start to evaluate it day to day.”
    Elsewhere on the injury front, Gilyard returned to practice along with Alexander on Tuesday. Defensive tackles Fred Robbins (back) and Daniel Muir (ankle) also did not practice in addition to the players who haven’t practice this week including defensive backs Mikail Baker, Dionte Dinkins and Marquis Johnson.



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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    I am sorry, I know this won't sit well with a bunch of Mizzou fans rooting for this kid, but I really don't think the FO can take a flyer on him with such a great chance of stumbling out of bed and shredding what is left of his knee. If we cut someone else and he makes the final roster then gets hurt on the first offensive play of the first game, we basically just lost two wide receivers, DA and the person we cut to make room for him.
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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Quote Originally Posted by thoey View Post
    I am sorry, I know this won't sit well with a bunch of Mizzou fans rooting for this kid, but I really don't think the FO can take a flyer on him with such a great chance of stumbling out of bed and shredding what is left of his knee. If we cut someone else and he makes the final roster then gets hurt on the first offensive play of the first game, we basically just lost two wide receivers, DA and the person we cut to make room for him.
    I agree that he's the one that has to go. He just hasn't separated himself from the other receivers. The last roster spots at receiver are going to come down to Alexander, Avery and Gilyard. I think Amendola, Sims Walker, Gibson, Pettis, and Salas are locks. Even if we keep 7 receivers I don't think he makes it. I couldn't imagine letting go of Avery or gibson for a guy who could play 1 game and never play again. His knee just isn't getting better. It's basically bugged him for his entire career as a Ram and every week it seems to be an issue.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Alexander made some big plays last year as part of a weak WR unit, but the team has improved that unit this offseason and I'm not sure he stands out quite as much now.

    Amendola remains a consistent safety net, Brandon Gibson has returned this season as a more focused and competitive performer, Gilyard is showing good effort on the field so far, Donnie Avery is slowly getting mixed back in, and the additions of Mike Sims-Walker and the two rookies, while not particularly flashy, certainly add more to the competition at the position than the Rams had last year.

    Through two games this pre-season, while DX has been solid, I haven't seen him do anything that another receiver hasn't done or couldn't do. Add chronic knee deterioration that is going to have to be constantly monitored, and I think the Rams may be better off going with some of their other options this year.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    All I've got to say is, take one knee from any of the other Ram receivers and they are back in the hometowns bagging groceries. Nowhere near anybody's training camp.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Someone help me out here....

    Looks like he could opt to have surgery, that being the case could we not at some point put him on Physically Unable to Perform.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Someone help me out here....

    Looks like he could opt to have surgery, that being the case could we not at some point put him on Physically Unable to Perform.
    My understanding is that a player cannot be placed on the PUP list if he's started training camp on the active roster. So it's too late for that option.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Physically Unable to Perform is the term for a rule in the National Football League which allows teams to designate players as "Physically Unable to Perform" or "PUP". Once they are designated as such, they are prohibited from practicing with the team. They can, however, rehabilitate and participate in team meetings. If a player begins training camp on the PUP list, they can be moved to the active roster at any time, even after one practice. A player is not allowed to be placed on the PUP list if they start training camp on the active roster, even if they take part in only the first few minutes of the first practice.
    You got that right Nick...

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Unfortunately the only way I see DX continuing to be a Ram is if he is placed on IR for this year to try to fully heal his knee. I'm afraid that at this point all he is going to do is wreck it completely.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    If the team had no faith in DX, he'd be gone, but on the contrary, the team is doing everything they can to see he stays in the mix and gets his opportunity.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Quote Originally Posted by C-Mob 71 View Post
    Unfortunately the only way I see DX continuing to be a Ram is if he is placed on IR for this year to try to fully heal his knee. I'm afraid that at this point all he is going to do is wreck it completely.
    Ouch! It hurts me just thinking of that possibility.

    One thing's for sure: DX is the most talked about WR in Rams camp. Too bad not all this talk favors him.

    Alexander has been as tough as advertised.
    I hope this may lead to a successful survival story, unlikely as it may seem at this point.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Alexander made some big plays last year as part of a weak WR unit, but the team has improved that unit this offseason and I'm not sure he stands out quite as much now.

    Amendola remains a consistent safety net, Brandon Gibson has returned this season as a more focused and competitive performer, Gilyard is showing good effort on the field so far, Donnie Avery is slowly getting mixed back in, and the additions of Mike Sims-Walker and the two rookies, while not particularly flashy, certainly add more to the competition at the position than the Rams had last year.

    Through two games this pre-season, while DX has been solid, I haven't seen him do anything that another receiver hasn't done or couldn't do. Add chronic knee deterioration that is going to have to be constantly monitored, and I think the Rams may be better off going with some of their other options this year.
    Wow....

    So let me get this straight. You think he made those plays because we had a weak unit? You don't think he could make those same plays today? And if you believe he could, you don't think he would stand out because we have better WRs this year?

    Tell me one thing any of our receivers have done (outside of Gibson's 83 yarder) that stands out more than the big plays you say DX made as part of a weak unit last year.

    DX is currently our second leading receiver, and has played in both games, for all the negativity about his knees.

    That's more than can be said for several Rams including, Donnie Avery, Mike Sims-Walker, and Greg Salas, just to name a few.

    His ability to play through pain has obviously impressed Spagnuolo as well.

    To me that means, he is currently in a better position than several Ram receivers despite his knee.

    And for all who think he's just a hit away from retirement, I've got news for you. Everybody in the NFL is just a hit away.

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    thats very true Fortune but you have to admit, the injury dice are loaded against this brave guy.


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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    Tell me one thing any of our receivers have done (outside of Gibson's 83 yarder) that stands out more than the big plays you say DX made as part of a weak unit last year.
    Well MSW is a pro-bowl WR....that counts for something right?

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    Re: Alexander fight on, declines surgery!

    Quote Originally Posted by ManofGod View Post
    Well MSW is a pro-bowl WR....that counts for something right?
    Actually it doesn't because Sims-Walker has never been named to the Pro Bowl.

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