COLUMBIA - On a Monday when Danario Alexander underwent a successful second off-season surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel said he anticipated the junior-to-be wide out to pass on a possible redshirt season.
“He wants to play, he needs to play and we need him to play,” Daniel said following a workout on Monday morning.
Rex Sharp, head of MU’s sports medicine program, said it was “realistic” to expect Alexander to be ready to return for the start of Missouri’s Big 12 Conference season in October. Sharp said the surgery went well and that Alexander would begin rehabilitation today.
“He has a great work ethic,” Sharp said.
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Alexander showed that last season. After breaking a wrist in MU’s season opener against Illinois, Alexander missed only three games during the regular season. He went down again with the torn ACL in the Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma and missed MU’s Cotton Bowl victory over Arkansas.
And until complaining of soreness and swelling in his left knee a week ago, Alexander was anticipated to begin full summer training on Monday.
“He’s down right now,” Daniel said. “But it’s our job to get him back up and to keep him up. He’s going to work even harder to get back and we’ll get him back. We’ll get him back right in time (for the start of league play).
Alexander, who caught 37 passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns last season, received a graft from his own patellar tendon to repair the re-injury to his ACL. The initial repair used a graft from a cadaver.
Sharp indicated that sometimes donor tissue is rejected by the body, which could have been the case with Alexander.
Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to redshirt Alexander would come from Alexander and Head Coach Gary Pinkel.
Pinkel, who will be in Kansas City on Tuesday for the Kansas City Tiger Club annual golf tournament, said: "The good news about all of this is that our medical team feels the rest of Danario's knee looks great. He had some pretty significant damage done to more than just his ACL with the first injury, but now the rest of the knee is very healthy.”