(ALLEN PARK) - The unthinkable happened, again, for the Detroit Lions. No, they didn't lose on the road, instead they lost a big part of their future.
Wide receiver Charles Rogers suffered a re-break of his collarbone and is out for the rest of the season.
A glum looking coach Steve Mariucci spoke about the loss of a player who looked ready to step into the spotlight for Detroit.
"Charles is going to be long term. He broke his clavicle [bone] again. He's got a new fracture in his clavicle, the same shoulder, the same claivcle, different spot and so that's going to be a long term thing."
Rogers broke the bone in his collar a season ago when he and cornerback Dre' Bly got tangled up in a no pads drill in a practice session. The prognosis for Rogers was that he would be out six weeks. Instead, six weeks turned into six months, Rogers was lost for the season.
Ironically, Dre' Bly was also injured after delivering a big hit. Bly suffered a sprained MCL and is out for 2-4 weeks.
When he returned to participate in the preseason minicamps and in training camp, Rogers wore the red jersey, meaning "hands-off" of contact with the second-year receiver.
Rogers was irritated by questions about the shoulder and his health, insisting that he was ready and 100%. With the injury yesterday, coach Mariucci was looking for a long-term solution to the problem.
"Charles is disappointed obviously, we all are. We're probably going to have to rethink that and get it fixed."
Detroit allowed the collarbone to heal on its own last season, but on Monday, Mariucci said the team will place pins and plates into the bone to help solidify it.
The Saginaw native received a near $10 million signing bonus from Detroit when he signed his contract after being drafted second overall in the 2003 NFL draft out of Michigan State.
Mariucci addressed how he will deal with Rogers absence.
"We're just going to have to make due with Tai Streets and Az Hakim, who scored the touchdown today." Mariucci could also elect to activated David Kircus from the practice squad or he could re-sign receiver Reggie Swinton, who Detroit released in their final cuts.
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