Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Updated: October 8, 1:37 PM ET
Rogers breaks collarbone in practice
ESPN.com news services
DETROIT -- Charles Rogers will not be around to help the
Detroit Lions break out of their slump.
The rookie receiver broke his right collarbone in practice
Tuesday and is expected to miss at least a month.
Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, got tangled up with cornerback Dre' Bly,
landed on his shoulder and was taken to a local hospital.
"I told Dre' Bly it wasn't his fault," Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said. "It happens sometimes when guys compete. We do the
best we can as players and coaches to minimize it, but it's a
The Lions won't know the exact diagnosis for Rogers until Friday at the earliest.
Doctors reset the collarbone Tuesday, and will have to decide whether or not Rogers needs surgery. If he does need surgery, it raises the possibility of Rogers missing the remainder of the season. If he does not, he will miss anywhere from four to eight weeks.
The Lions have lost four straight games since Rogers scored two
touchdowns in the season-opening game against Arizona. Rogers leads
the Lions with 22 receptions for 243 yards and three TDs in five
With Rogers out, Mariucci said Az-Zahir Hakim, Bill Schroeder,
Scotty Anderson and Shawn Jefferson will have to pick up the slack.
Hakim and Schroeder, who signed with Detroit as free agents last
year, have combined for just 20 receptions
"I told the team after practice when somebody is out for a
while, somebody or some group of players have to make up for
that," Mariucci said.
"You know the whole committee thing we did at running back?
We're going to have a committee of wide receivers. We need to
decide if we need to add another receiver for practice, for legs,
as a returner possibly. We'll look through that the next couple of
Injuries have also sidelined Detroit's top running back, James Stewart, kick returner Eddie Drummond and the team's No. 2 and 3
cornerbacks, Chris Cash and Andre Goodman.
During training camp, Rogers dislocated his left ring finger and
missed the first two preseason games.
Detroit drafted the former Michigan State star hoping he would
fill the big-play void the Lions have lacked since Barry Sanders retired just before the 1999 season.
Quarterback Joey Harrington and Rogers have shown signs of
becoming comfortable with each other on the field, but the Lions
still have stumbled.
"I still feel very confident in the guys that we have,"
Harrington said. "They're guys that have been playing for us all
year and have caught a lot of balls between them. They know the
offense very well and I have no doubt that those guys are going to
come and play big for us."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.