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Rogers says he'll miss preseason opener

Posted: Tuesday August 05, 2003 2:04 PM

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers said Tuesday he likely will miss the team's preseason opener against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

The No. 2 overall pick in the draft suffered an open dislocation in his left ring finger during a practice session a week ago, requiring two stitches.

Rogers expects the stitches to be removed by Friday.

"I don't think I'll go this week, but I look forward to next week and look to get in that game," Rogers said. "I've never had a serious injury before so I think it's going well."

Rogers, a Saginaw native and former Michigan State standout, participated in route drills but didn't work out in the team's seven-on-nine passing drills and the full-team scrimmage Tuesday.

"We haven't determined what he's going to do yet," Lions head coach Steve Mariucci said. "I'm hoping he gets some practice time this week."

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