Rogers sat out the team's Thursday workout with a sore ankle but returned to the field Friday and is listed as probable for the game Sunday at Chicago, and coach Steve Mariucci is hopeful he will play.
"He hurt his ankle in our last game and he tried to practice (Wednesday) and he did practice (Wednesday)," Mariucci said, "but we wanted him to calm down today so hopefully he'll do something (Friday)."
Despite his injuries, the Lions have insisted that Rogers is not fragile. Just unlucky.
He broke his right collarbone in a bye-week practice after making 22 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns in five games after the Lions drafted him with the No. 2 pick in the first round of the 2003 draft.
He worked his way back into shape, sailed through 2004 training camp unscathed and then broke the same collarbone on the third play of the season opener at Chicago last year.
The ankle injury apparently is not as serious, but it once again raises the question of whether Rogers - in spite of adding about 10 pounds to get up to 218 - is built to take the rigors of a 16-game NFL season.
Mariucci indicated he is optimistic about Rogers' chances for a quick return, although admitting Rogers might have felt some uncertainty after missing two seasons with injuries.
"I suppose there is some anxiety that would go along with it," Mariucci said. "He made it through the (Green Bay) game and he's healthy other than that ankle. That will calm down and he'll be ready to roll."
They brought in four kickers - Wade Richey, Remy Hamilton, Todd France and Tyler Jones - for workouts and eventually signed Hamilton to the practice squad.
It's unclear if Hanson is unable to kick short field goals and extra points - as he did after the injury in the first quarter of the season opener against Green Bay - if the Lions will consider getting by with punter Nick Harris handling kickoff duties and field goals.