Ex-No. 2 Pick Rogers Is Released by Lions

From News Services and Staff Reports
Sunday, September 3, 2006

This is not what the Detroit Lions or Charles Rogers had in mind when the wide receiver was drafted second overall three years ago.

After being cut yesterday, Rogers's career in Detroit ended with just 36 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns along with two broken collarbones and a four-game suspension.

First-year coach Rod Marinelli was unimpressed by Rogers's work ethic and production during training camp, when he was slowed by a sore knee. The new staff also did not have a history with Rogers like team president Matt Millen, who drafted the former Michigan State star and gave him a $14.2 million signing bonus.

Rogers simply wasn't deemed good enough to make Marinelli's team, which is valuing hard work over talent.

"We picked the men that are right for this football team," Marinelli said. "It's behind us. I wish him the very best. We just move on."

Meantime, any teams looking for help in the backfield might be encouraged by the availability of a few running backs who were cut.

Ron Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner who entered the Broncos' training camp as the starter, was released as Denver got down to the 53-man limit. Lee Suggs, traded by Cleveland to the New York Jets, then returned to the Browns when he failed a physical, also was cut.

· RAVENS: Linebacker Roderick Green, a former fifth-round pick who played in all 16 games last season (primarily on special teams), was among the 21 players cut by the team in order to get down to the league-mandated 53-man limit.

Veteran punter Leo Araguz and kickoff specialist Aaron Elling were released, which means that rookie Sam Koch, a sixth-round pick from Nebraska, likely will handle both duties for Baltimore. Brian St. Pierre and rookie Drew Olson were cut as well, leaving the Ravens with just two quarterbacks: starter Steve McNair and backup Kyle Boller.

Guard Brian Rimpf, who started seven games in 2005, was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

· RAIDERS: Jeff George's attempted comeback is over for now. George, who has not played in an NFL game since 2001, was among 20 players who were released or placed on injured reserve by Oakland.

The No. 1 overall pick by Indianapolis in 1990, George signed with the Raiders last week and was with the team in Seattle for Oakland's final preseason game but did not play.

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