The Detroit Lions ended the longest road losing streak in NFL history at 24 games Sunday by winning at Chicago, but the victory was costly. Second-year wide receiver Charles Rogers, one of the club's gifted youngsters on offense, broke his collarbone and will miss the rest of the season.
Coach Steve Mariucci said yesterday that Rogers will undergo surgery and will require a recovery period of 12 to 14 weeks, and the team will place him on the injured reserve list. Rogers missed all but five games of his rookie season last year because of a break in the same bone. The Lions have depth at wide receiver, with Tai Streets and Az-Zahir Hakim likely to take on expanded roles to complement rookie Roy Williams.
The Lions likely will be without Pro Bowl cornerback Dre Bly for their next two games after he sprained a knee ligament Sunday. A Week 4 bye might enable Bly to return to Detroit's lineup for an Oct. 10 game at Atlanta.
* 49ERS: Quarterback Ken Dorsey is expected to make his first NFL start for San Francisco after Tim Rattay had a separated right shoulder diagnosed.
Coach Dennis Erickson said Dorsey will start in New Orleans on Sunday unless Rattay's injury heals much more quickly than expected. The 49ers don't know how long Rattay will be hindered by the injury.
* SEAHAWKS: Seattle running back Shaun Alexander has a bone bruise on his right knee, but could play in Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.
"It might be a week or two," Coach Mike Holmgren said. "There's a chance he can play this week. We'll just have to see how it goes."
* BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay expects to be without wide receiver Joey Galloway, who tore his groin muscle in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, for four to six weeks.
* TITANS: Guard Zach Piller suffered a ruptured biceps during Saturday's win at Miami and will probably miss the rest of the season. Rookie Jacob Bell will take Piller's spot.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.