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