Lions Ready To Pull Red Jersey From Rogers

The day Charles Rogers has been wishing for has arrived. The Detroit Lions made the decision to take the protective red jersey off their star wide receiver and exposing him to the bumping he'll likely receive during the second week of minicamp. Much more inside from Lions' insider Mike Fowler.

ALLEN PARK - The day Charles Rogers has been wishing for has arrived. The Detroit Lions made the decision to take the protective red jersey off their star wide receiver and expose him to the bumping he'll likely receive during the second week of minicamp.

Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci told the media that he feels that it is time.

"I think we might take the red jersey off of Charles (Rogers). I think it is probably in his best interest to get rid of it so he feels like he is just like everybody else just before training camp. We will probably do the same thing with Eddie Drummond."

Mariucci indicated that the purpose for removing the jersey is two-fold. "It is not just the physical part of his recovery," said the coach, "it is the mental aspect as well. With the doctor's approval we are to that point where the red jersey comes off. I think he shoved it in the laundry today and I hope not to see it again, but we will see how it goes."

While the jersey will come off, Detroit will still be monitoring Rogers' health closely. "It is just human nature to watch him more. Last preseason if you recall, we would watch him all the time just to see if he was okay."

Detroit is happy to be relatively injury-free thus far through the two-week camp. Having Rogers and Drummond back at full strength only adds to the team's overall outlook.

"We do have a healthy team right now," Mariucci continued. "We do have Adam Herzing out right now with a foot injury, but Boss (Bailey) is practicing and that is good sign."

The coach indicated that the focus of this week's camp will be more on the run game as opposed to last week's passing camp.

"This week we will have more running game drills," he said. "Last week was more of a passing game emphasis. There is a lot of football to teach. When we leave this week, we will have a pretty good understanding of what we will present in training camp. Most of what we teach in training camp will have already been taught and it will be review because the rookies need to get a test of what we do."

QUICK SLANT: Linebackers Boss Bailey and Donte' Curry missed today's session of camp due to travel problems. "[Boss Bailey] and Donte Curry were flying last night in that weather and were rerouted to Louisville and they are flying into Detroit right now," said Mariucci Monday afternoon. "They were at a charity event in Denver, Boss's brother Champ was holding something, and when they started to head back they could not fly back into Detroit."

Coach Mariucci has his annual fund raising Bocce ball tournament today and hopes to raise as much money as possible for charity.

"Whenever you have a fundraiser like this you always want to try and raise as much money as possible and have some fun along the way. It is a lot of fun; it is a little different. If we can raise $200,000-250,000 that would be good. There are so many groups that need our help and I think if we can do it we should do it. I think our team has that mindset."

Mariucci indicated the bocce ball tournament gives the participants a chance to really rub shoulders and compete against each other.

"In the (Detroit Lions Invitational) golf tournament, a lot of the celebrities are split up. With the bocce ball tournament you are able to bump elbows with these guys all night long. Nobody can go anywhere because they are all confined to one area and so all the fans and celebrities that go have a chance to mix and mingle. There is still a protest going on with John Madden's team; they beat us on a last second shot. We have challenged them to come back out here, but he is scared."

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