Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers broke his collarbone for a second straight year yesterday and might miss most of the season.
Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft, played only the first five games a year ago because of a broken collarbone, catching 22 passes with three touchdowns.
He was injured going for a pass during the first quarter of Detroit's 20-16 victory over the Chicago Bears. X-rays revealed a fracture near the one he got last year during a practice.
"We want to get the best information available to see where it's at," Lions President Matt Millen said.
"Same collarbone, different spot," Lions Coach Steve Mariucci said. "So it's going to be long term. The first pass that went to him, he came down and landed on his shoulder like we had seen him do at Ford Field in the preseason. He got up and said, 'Something is wrong.'
"It's a shame the clavicle didn't hold up. So we are going to have to medically see what we need to do and see if he can get back here," Mariucci said. "We are not ruling anything out yet. I suppose [surgery] is a possibility, but it has not been determined yet."
The Lions also lost Pro Bowl defensive back Dre Bly, who sprained a ligament in his knee in the opening quarter. Bly will undergo an MRI exam tomorrow.
"We are hoping it's not too serious," Mariucci said.
-- From News Services