Oft-injured Rams receiver Danario Alexander is back on the shelf. For how long this time, nobody knows. The big-play wideout missed yesterday’s OTA practice session, the second scheduled team workout this week, with a slightly pulled hamstring. Alexander strained it during Tuesday’s practice sessions and stood around gaining mental reps on Wednesday.

A RED player (starter and heavy contributor) when healthy, Alexander struggled to make it through the 2011 season, missing practices and a total of six games with a soft-tissue injury (hamstring) and knee swelling that has frequently derailed his progress as a professional. His multiple knee surgeries are well documented, but now soft-tissue injuries are creeping back into the picture – and the Rams just started the offseason program. In order to impress the new regime of head coach Jeff Fisher, general manager Les Snead and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the former Missouri Tiger must stay healthy, compete and put his full set of talents on display.

With the Rams’ 2012 draft class in the books, the names of Brian Quick and Chris Givens have sent a very clear message to the rest of the receiving corps at the ContinuityX Training Center that only the best, most competitive men, with the ability to contribute as a receiver and on special teams at a high level, will make the 53-man roster. In the NFL, it’s all about helping a team win for 16 weeks. Football is a physical game. Injuries happen, but struggling during the offseason and limping into the regular season will have the odds of making the 2012 roster stacked against you.