By Matt Johnson

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In what has become a very distressing trend during training camp across the NFL this year, two more players have been lost for the season after tearing their ACL’s.

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Arrelious Benn tore his left ACL during practice and became the second Eagles receiver to tear his ACL in training camp along with Jeremy Maclin.

It was a tough break for Benn who was leaving a strong impression on Eagles coach Chip Kelly as Benn battled to try to take the place of Maclin for this offense. Since being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010, Benn has battled knee injuries throughout his four year career.The Eagles traded for Benn and a 7th round pick from the Bucs in March while giving up their 6th round pick and a pick in 2014.

One name to keep an eye on for the rest of training camp is rookie receiver Russell Sheppard who has been working as the No.2 receiver as of late. Sheppard, was a highly recruited quarterback out of high school but made the transition to receiver in college. His mixture of size and speed are two things Chip Kelly loves for his offense and if he stays strong through the season, Sheppard could have a big role in 2013.

Arrelious Benn wasn’t the only player to go down today, San Diego Chargers receiver Danario Alexander also suffered a torn ACL. Alexander led the Chargers in touchdowns last season (7) and was second in receiving yards (658) on just 37 receptions.

Alexander didn’t even play for the Chargers until Week 9, and in the second half of the season he quickly became Phillip Rivers favorite target.  Knee injuries have been a big part of Alexander’s career dating back to his days in college. Even more unfortunate is the fact that this is a right knee injury, while in his past he has battled left knee injuries.

Before Alexander was hurt, expectations were high for the 6′ 5″ receiver to have an even bigger season with hopes he could stay healthy for all 16 games. He was the Chargers No.1 receiver on a team that really doesn’t have many options and is now left with more questions at that spot.

Malcolm Floyd will once again be given the reigns as the No.1 receiver but if his career is any indicator of what will happen, he will battle injuries and consistency all season. San Diego also hopes that 24-year-old Vincent Brown can return to the top form many saw from him early in training camp last season before he went down with a fractured left ankle.

The list of key players to suffer torn ACL’s continues to grow as Arrelious Benn and Danario Alexander join the likes of Bryan Bulaga, Dan Koppen, Jeremy Maclin, Victor Butler, Melvin Ingram and Chris Culliver.

 

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