Sunday, February 25, 2024

Rogers injures collarbone

Lions receiving star looks to be out 'matter of weeks'

Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers broke his right collarbone in practice Tuesday.

Rogers, a former Spartan who won the Biletnikoff Award last year at MSU, was taken to a hospital and is still being evaluated, according to Detroit Lions officials.

Rogers "got tangled up" with cornerback Dre' Bly in the morning practice on Tuesday, head coach Steve Mariucci said.

"(Rogers) went up for a pass and went down on his shoulder," Mariucci said. "It was one of those things that happened in practice on occasion."

Mariucci, a childhood friend of MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo and Iron Mountain native, said the loss of his star receiver isn't too serious but unlucky.

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

In his first five NFL games, the Saginaw native had recorded 22 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Rogers is the statistical leader for the Lions in all three categories.

Rogers' understudy at MSU, sophomore wide receiver Matt Trannon, said the rookie will return to the gridiron quicker than most expect and with no statistical letdown.

"He's a real tough guy," Trannon said. "He'll be back sooner than that."

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