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Danario Alexander Injury: Rams WR Unlikely To Return This Week

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May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander (84) walks off the field during an OTA at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander (84) walks off the field during an OTA at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Rams will be without wide receiver Danario Alexander this week, head coach Jeff Fisher revealed on Sunday. The third-year wide receiver is still sitting out with a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for most of training camp and all of the team's preseason games.

Alexander briefly returned to action in practice during the first week of August. Fisher praised the former Mizzou player, but did hint that his struggles with injury could prove costly.

"Well, yeah obviously he's got some talent and we just have to keep him out there," Fisher said on Monday, Aug. 6. "That's going to be the key. Getting back today, still we're going to watch his reps and try to increase the reps and make a decision whether or not we'll allow him to participate this weekend."

Alexander returned to the sidelines just days after Fisher made those comments. He has now missed both of the Rams' preseason games, and it seems certain that he will miss a third this week. That leaves Fisher, GM Les Snead and the coaching staff to make a determination about his roster status based on a smattering of practice sessions and possibly a single preseason game.

Injuries have dogged Alexander since his college days. He went undrafted, recovering from his fourth knee surgery in time for the Rams to sign him during training camp in 2010. Later on that year, he had his fifth knee surgery, a scope. This year, as with last, his hamstring is keeping him out of practice.