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Eagles' Benn, Chargers' Alexander suffer torn ACLs

08/07/2013 1:18 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The NFL’s recent rash of major preseason injuries added two more names to the list Tuesday, as Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Arrelious Benn and San Diego Chargers wideout Danario Alexander both saw their seasons ended due to torn ACLs.

Benn, acquired by the Eagles from Tampa Bay in March in exchange for draft picks, tore his left ACL during a kickoff drill in Tuesday’s joint practice with the Patriots, becoming the third Philadelphia player (after WR Jeremy Maclin and LB Jason Phillips) to suffer a torn ACL this preseason.

Roughly 3000 miles away, Alexander, who caught 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games for San Diego last year, tore his right ACL in Chargers practice and will also miss all of 2013. Alexander’s diagnosis came just hours after head coach Mike McCoy said the injury, suffered in a collision with a teammate, was “nothing serious.”

Benn and Alexander join Maclin, Phillips, Broncos center Dan Koppen, and Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga among those who have suffered torn ACLs so far this summer, with several other big names – including Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta – lost for the season due to other injuries as well.

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