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Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Lions WR Rogers suffers broken collarbone


ALLEN PARK, Michigan - Even in a bye week, the Detroit Lions suffered a painful loss.

Rookie receiver Charles Rogers, who leads the team with 22 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns, broke his right collarbone in practice Tuesday and will likely miss at least a month.

"He (Rogers) went up for a pass and came down on his shoulder," said Lions coach Steve Mariucci. "He got tangled with (cornerback) Dre' Bly and it was one of those things that happens in practice on occasion.

"It is very unfortunate for him. It looks like it is going to be a matter of weeks before he is going to be able to return."

The second overall pick in the 2003 draft, Rogers had a pair of touchdowns in a season-opening 42-24 win over Arizona.

Shoulder injuries have been a theme for the Lions (1-3) this season. Running back James Stewart and linebacker Brian Williams suffered dislocated shoulders in the preseason finale at Buffalo and cornerback Andre' Goodman incurred the same injury in a 24-14 loss to Minnesota on September 21.

The Lions on Tuesday also waived veteran cornerback Alex Molden, who was signed on September 8 after being waived by the Washington Redskins.

A first-round pick of New Orleans in 1996, Molden played five seasons with the Saints and two years with the San Diego Chargers.