It was bound to happen sooner or later. University of Missouri WR Danario Alexander was among the cuts as the Rams trimmed 15 names from their roster Monday, August 27, 2012. NFL teams were required to shrink their lists from 90 to 75, with additional clipping scheduled for later in the week. Teams have to be down to 53 by Friday evening. Other high profile names among the dismissed, including quarterback Vince Young, former Rams offensive tackle Alex Barron and former Rams kicker Josh Brown.Danario Alexander, 24, has promising talent but has been plagued injuries, which sidelined him throughout his two-year tenure with the Rams. His physical issues rendered him mostly inactive during training camp and preseason. Alexander participated in only a couple of practices and did not play in any of the team’s exhibition games.
This time around it was hamstring problems keeping the 6-foot-5, 220-pound receiver sidelined. During his college football career Alexander has had five operations on his left knee alone. When he has been able to play, he has been effective.
In two seasons, he appeared in 18 games and started seven. He caught 46 passes for 737 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yard scoring reception in his NFL debut against San Diego in 2010. With a new coaching staff in place, one that has yet to see Alexander perform, his inability to practice put the writing on the wall.
The Rams also placed veteran defensive tackle Trevor Laws on injured reserve. A five-year veteran, the 6-1, 304-pound Laws was signed as a free agent. But he missed most of camp with a knee issue, a problem that also bothered him last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fisher said his staff knew Laws had injury issues but thought he would be able to bounce back and help the defense. Besides Alexander and Laws, 13 players were released: wide receivers Charles Gilbert and Brandyn Harvey; running backs Calvin Middleton and Nicholas Schweiger; offensive linemen Ryan McKee and Kevin Hughes; linebackers Alex Hoffman-Ellis and Noah Keller; tight end Brody Eldridge; fullback Todd Anderson; kicker Garrett Lindholm; long snapper Travis Tripucka; and defensive lineman John Gill.