ST. LOUIS MO - DECEMBER 26: Danario Alexander #84 of the St. Louis Rams slips out a tackle attempt by Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 26 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams beat the 49ers 25-17. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Danario Alexander is back, St. Louis Rams fans. That's the good news to take from Monday Night Football.
Danario Alexander is back, St. Louis Rams lady-fans and gentle-fans. On Monday Night Football, just one week after being inactive for the Rams' season opener, Alexander has caught three balls for 122 yards and a touchdown, making some acrobatic plays—including an ersatz back-handspring in the course of a 68-yard reception-and-run that ended just a yard short of a touchdown. His knee problems, for at least one night, aren't the biggest story—the biggest story is how he's eviscerated the New York Giants.
With the Rams otherwise unable to crack the red zone, Alexander made a diving catch in the back of the end zone from 19 yards out to put the Rams on the board after a series of underwhelming offensive adventures. Whatever happens in the fourth quarter, the Rams have discovered that 2010's number-one wide receiver and health tease will also be 2011's number-one wide receiver and health tease.
For video of Alexander's outstanding plays check the NFL Game Center—it's the Danario Alexander you remember from Mizzou, not the one who limped his way on and off the team during the 2011 preseason.