Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Rogers' recovery from a torn ACL will be "critical" for the Pittsburgh offense, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
It's interesting that Tomlin is talking about Rogers as if he's still on the team, considering the wideout became an unrestricted free agent when the Steelers failed to tender him a contract in March. While it's clearly an overstatement to call Rogers a "critical" part of the offense, he does at least seem to remain in the team's plans as a depth option for work from the slot. Recovering from Jan. 17 surgery to repair the ACL and meniscus in his right knee, Rogers said he only expects to be sidelined for four-to-six months. He caught 48 of 66 targets for 594 yards (9.0 YPT) and three touchdowns in 2016, but then dropped off to 18 receptions in 14 games last season as Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster got most of the snaps alongside Antonio Brown. Rogers likely would enter camp as the favorite for the No. 4 receiver job if he were to re-sign with the Steelers and make a full recovery. That's admittedly a lot to ask, given the timing of last season's injury.
Rogers (knee) won't be tendered by the Steelers, and he will become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Rogers played in 13 games for the Steelers in 2016, hauling in 48 receptions for 594 yards (12.12 YPC) and three touchdowns. However, with the arrivals of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant in 2017, Rogers was demoted and snagged just 18 catches for 149 yards (8.28 YPC) and one touchdown. Rogers also underwent surgery for a torn ACL in January, but he hasn't been ruled out for 2018 training camp yet.
Rogers (knee) is off crutches, according to his personal Twitter account.
Rogers underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on Jan. 17 but seems to quickly be making progress. It was originally believed the wideout would be questionable for the start of the 2018 season, but now there's a chance he'll be back on the field in time for training camp. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the offseason as he continues his rehab.
Rogers (knee), who underwent surgery Jan. 17 to repair the ACL and meniscus in his right knee, remains on crutches but is expected to recover within 4-to-6 months, Dave Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
The original thought was that Rogers could be in danger of missing the start of the 2018 season given the typical 9-to-12 month recovery timeline for ACL injuries. However, it now seems possible he could return in time for training camp in late July or early August, depending on which team the impending restricted free agent ultimately signs with this offseason.
Rogers suffered a lower right leg injury late in Sunday's 45-42 divisional-round loss to the Jaguars and was unable to return, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
Rogers enjoyed a productive outing prior to departing, hauling in all five of his targets for 42 yards. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn't address Rogers' injury following the contest, but the wideout wasn't able to put weight on the leg upon exiting the field and was spotted with crutches in the locker room. Rogers posted on his personal Twitter account that he was feeling "fine" after the loss, but more details surrounding the nature of his injury and the extent of his recovery timetable should become available in the days to come.
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