Arrelious Benn became the third player in Eagles camp to be lost for the season with a torn left ACL. Minutes later, the San Diego Chargers confirmed that Danario Alexander -- tight with Maclin from their days together at Mizzou -- had torn his right ACL. Earlier in the day, the Green Bay Packers announced that Jordy Nelson would miss the remainder of training camp after undergoing knee surgery of his own.
Benn joins Maclin in tearing his ACL for the second time, two shy of Alexander's total. We've seen Thomas Davis of the Panthers, Terrell Thomas of the Giants, Owen Daniels of the Texans and rookie Michael Mauti of the Vikings undergo three ACL surgeries, but Alexander is the only NFL player we know of with four separate tears. It's worth noting that former Broncos offensive lineman and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth underwent 29 surgeries -- including 20 on his knees.
We can't help but feel for Alexander, whose troublesome left knee finally stayed intact long enough for him to showcase No. 1 receiver ability after joining the Chargers at mid-season last year, as he finished fourth in the NFL in touchdown-to-target ratio. If there's a silver lining, it's that this is the first time Alexander's right knee has given him trouble.
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»Bill Belichick on new Eagles' coach Chip Kelly's innovative style: "What [Chip] did at Oregon, that was one thing. We'll see how it all plays out here, but he's a very innovative, creative guy. He's got a great mind, he's smart and I think he'll take advantage of whatever resources he can. He'll give us plenty of trouble."
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» Coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that Daryl Richardson is the favorite for the St. Louis Rams' starting running-back job due to his experience edge on the competition.
» Tight end Coby Fleener has made "wow" plays throughout Indianapolis Colts training camp, general manager Ryan Grigson told Scott Pioli of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN. "The first (breakout) player that would come to mind would be Coby Fleener," Grigson said. "Knock on wood, he's a guy that you knew had speed, had size being 6-foot-6 and running 4.51 [seconds in the 40-yard dash]. You know he could be a tough mismatch downfield because he could play above the rim."