Rogers brought in all four of his targets for 20 yards in the Steelers' 17-10 win over the Patriots on Sunday. Just activated off the PUP list Saturday, the Steelers wasted no time getting Rogers involved. The third-year wideout hauled in a four-yard pass to move the chains on third down on Pittsburgh's first series, and he ended up making another grab in the drive. Rogers could play an important secondary receiver role over the final two games of the season and into the postseason, but he'll have competition for targets from rookie James Washington and Ryan Switzer.
Rogers (knee) has been activated off the PUP list, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It's unlikely Rogers has much of an impact on Sunday's contest against the Patriots, but it's encouraging to see the wide receiver healthy after tearing his ACL during the 2017 playoffs. Rogers is expected to slot in behind the likes of Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ryan Switzer, James Washington and Darrius Heyward-Bey on the depth chart.
Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said Thursday that Rogers (knee) looks "healthy" since returning to practice Nov. 28, but he wouldn't commit to the receiver being activated from the PUP list ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. NFL rules afford teams 21 days to evaluate players on the PUP list or injured reserve for a return to the roster once they resume practicing, so the Steelers can wait until at least Dec. 19 before a decision on Rogers' status is made. However, the team might have some extra incentive to add another receiver to the ranks in advance of a Week 15 matchup that projects as an offensive shootout. Given Rogers' lengthy layoff, it's unlikely the Steelers would count on him to play significant snaps if activated, but the 25-year-old could eventually unseat Ryan Switzer as the team's primary slot man once his conditioning is no longer a concern.
Rogers (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, opening a 21-day window for the Steelers to add him to the 53-man roster. Working his way back from an ACL tear suffered during the 2017 postseason, Rogers needs to be activated or placed on injured reserve by Dec. 19. He recorded 48 catches for 593 and three touchdowns on 66 targets (9.0 YPT) back in 2016, then slipped to an 18-149-1 receiving line on 36 targets (4.1 YPT) last season. It isn't clear where Rogers would fit in an offense that already has JuJu Smith-Schuster and Ryan Switzer doing good work out of the slot.
Rogers (knee, suspension) will start the regular season on the PUP list, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. This was always the most likely outcome given that Rogers suffered a torn ACL during last year's playoffs. He'll serve a one-game suspension while he's on the PUP list and will be eligible to return to action once the Steelers come out of a Week 7 bye. The 25-year-old slot receiver profiles as Pittsburgh's fourth or fifth option at wide receiver, but injuries could open up a role in the offense by the time he's ready to play in games.
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