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.
Rogers (ACL/suspension) will likely begin 2018 on the PUP list, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Rogers is suspended for the first game of the season and has yet to practice as he continues to recover from a torn ACL, so the move wouldn't be a surprising one. If that's indeed the case, Rogers would be eligible to rejoin the team when it comes off the Week 7 bye to face the Browns.
After re-signing with Pittsburgh on July 25, Rogers was immediately placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list while he continues to recover from the ACL tear he suffered in mid-January. His presence on the field running in a straight line marks significant progress, but there weren't any signs of Rogers incorporating any change-of-direction work during the session. His availability for the start of the regular season remains a question mark.
This news came just hours after Rogers re-signed with the Steelers, who will evaluate where he is in his rehabilitation from January ACL surgery. Once he's cleared, he'll compete for depth slotting behind starting wideouts Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
While he was still recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus suffered last January, Rogers visited with the Chiefs and Browns earlier this week. He ultimately decided to give it another shot in Pittsburgh, where he caught on as an undrafted rookie in 2015, then broke out for 594 receiving yards as the team's primary slot receiver in 2016. Rogers dropped off to 149 receiving yards last year while serving as the No. 4 receiver and punt returner, but he could eventually make another push for the No. 3 job if rookie second-round pick James Washington struggles or the Steelers lose Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster to injury. Given the timing of his knee injury, Rogers probably won't be ready for games any sooner than October or November. He's a strong candidate to start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|3||9/24/18||@ TB||8:15 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/4/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ JAC||8:20 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ OAK||8:20 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|