Mizzou alum Danario Alexander to make NFL debut Sunday against Chargers

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Wide receiver Danario Alexander expects to make

his NFL debut Sunday when the St. Louis Rams play the San Diego


The former Missouri star was elevated from the practice squad

this week to replace Mark Clayton, who was placed on injured

reserve with a torn patella tendon in his right knee.

Alexander has persevered through four operations on his left

knee and still wears a brace decorated with Missouri Tiger emblems.

He said Friday the knee feels better than in his senior season

at Missouri, when he caught 113 passes, led the nation with 1,781

yards and scored 14 touchdowns.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo says if Alexander plays on Sunday, he'll

be skipping steps like preseason experience out of necessity. But

the coach says team trainers and physicians were comfortable

Alexander's knee was sufficiently healed.