Derrick Alexander was a cause of concern for Mike Tice all season. He was late in signing after the team thought it had a deal with him. He was nagged by injuries in training camp that Tice didn't think were too serious. And he lost his starting job to D'Wayne Bates before getting it back because Bates was injured.
The drama ended Monday, as an MRI revealed that Alexander has a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and is gone for the season.
In all likelihood, it will be the end of his Vikings career. Although he signed a three-year contract, not much of it was guaranteed signing bonus money. His inconsistent play and inability to return quickly from injuries will likely be his eventual demise when his knee heals.
* The Vikings are expected to place Alexander on injured reserve today and bring up WR Kelly Campbell from the practice squad.
* The Vikings got good MRI news on Corbin Lacina Monday. After fearing he was gone for the season after on-field medical tests showed what looked like a torn MCL, an MRI Monday showed it was a strained MCL, not a tear. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, but it looks like he will be able to return to action when the Vikings meet Green Bay in two weeks.
* Former Viking Dale Carter was reinstated by the league Monday after sitting out the first half of the Saints season for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Alexander Out for Year...Out for Good?
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