ALLEN PARK - Wide receiver Charles Rogers, who has been plagued by injuries
in his first two seasons with the Lions, is hurting again, but his latest injury
appears to be much less serious that the broken collarbones that limited him to
five games in his rookie season and three plays of the season opener last year.
Rogers sat out the team's Thursday workout with a sore ankle but was 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."
Rogers was listed as probable, an indication he will be able to play Sunday.
- WR Charles Rogers rested an ankle injury while the Lions practiced Thursday and was listed as probable on the team's injury report. Although the injury appears minor, Rogers has played only five full games in two NFL seasons because of two broken collarbones, creating uncertainty if he can hold up physically for a full season. He had one catch for 31 yards in the season opener but the ankle bothered him in practice Wednesday.
- PK Jason Hanson has spent most of the week resting and getting treatment for a strained hamstring suffered in the Lions' season opener against Green Bay. If Hanson cannot kick, the Lions may activate recently signed kicker Remy Hamilton (currently listed on team's practice squad) or turn the duties over to P Nick Harris on an interim basis.
- LB Teddy Lehman, who suffered a sprained knee in practice nearly three weeks ago, returned to the practice field this week and it appears likely he will play in the Lions game Sunday at Chicago.
- OLB Alex Lewis did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of an ankle injury he suffered in the Lions' season opener against Green Bay. Coach Steve Mariucci indicated Lewis won't play if he is not able to practice before the game Sunday at Chicago.
- RG Damien Woody has been limited by a shoulder injury in practice this week but it appears likely he will play Sunday in the Lions' game at Chicago. Woody, a former Pro Bowler, is the team's best run blocker, an important element if they hope to move the ball via RB Kevin Jones against the Bears tough run defense.