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Danario Alexander leads San Diego Chargers wide receivers through 1st half vs. Chiefs

The San Diego Chargers were desperate for wide receivers Thursday night—and who should deliver, in the first half, but former St. Louis Rams enigma Danario Alexander?

Dilip Vishwanat

When Danario Alexander—cut by the St. Louis Rams after two tantalizing and injury-ridden seasons—caught on with the San Diego Chargers, most Rams fans were just happy for a guy who worked hard and was perpetually almost the No. 1 receiver. Few expected him to make an immediate impact, but that was before neither Eddie Royal nor Robert Meacham was available for the Chargers' Thursday Night Football contest with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now, at halftime, Danario Alexander is their most valuable wide receiver, with two receptions for 41 yards. Only Dwayne Bowe—five receptions for 51 yards and a fumble—and Antonio Gates—three for 43 and a touchdown—have covered more ground in a game that's been exactly as ugly as you'd expect from the Chiefs and the Chargers minus Royal and Meacham. It's a big deal, but it's not quite the end of a Disney movie.

However he's done it, though, Danario Alexander has gone from what looked like imminent retirement to starting and excelling in primetime. As a Rams fan I'm just a little nonplussed about this happening in another uniform. But as a Mizzou grad and a fan of good stories I'm very glad he's back.