Rookie unlikely to be ready in time for camp practices
Redskins officials have acknowledged Friday that rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers will be limited at the outset of training camp by a right foot injury, but the team insisted its primary concern with Rogers is a bone bruise to his right ankle and not a pre-existing stress fracture to his foot.
Although the Redskins did not issue a press release, they used their Web site to report that Rogers is suffering from a first-degree ankle sprain and a bone bruise. The Redskins conceded the stress fracture, first reported Wednesday by The NFL Network, but seemed to downplay its significance.
Rogers, the ninth overall selection in the draft out of Auburn and the earlier of Washington's two first-round choices, will be in a walking boot and on crutches for two weeks. He will then wear a hard-bottom shoe for an additional two weeks and probably be unable to practice.
All players under contract are to report to training camp at Redskins Park on Friday, with the first on-field session then scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Given the prescribed treatment for Rogers, it appears doubtful that he will be cleared for full practices at the outset of his first training camp.
While he would not have gone to camp as a starter even without the injury, Rogers was expected to serve as the nickel cornerback and to eventually challenge veteran Walt Harris for a starting spot.
Rogers suffered the most recent injuries while working out at Auburn, after the Redskins had prematurely ended their organized team activities because of a violation of guidelines that govern the parameters of physical contact at spring practices. The pre-existing stress fracture was revealed when Rogers, who was complaining of pain, had the foot and ankle examined by team physicians. It remains unclear how or when the stress fracture occurred.
Team doctors hope that the walking boot will preclude the bone bruise from escalating into a non-displaced fracture. The Redskins emphasized that the stress fracture has not been a problem for Rogers in the past.
The potential unavailability of Rogers for the start of camp is the latest setback for a secondary that has experienced a difficult offseason.
Starting cornerback Fred Smoot left the Redskins via free agency and signed with the Minnesota Vikings after rebuffing several Washington proposals. Free safety Sean Taylor boycotted Washington's entire offseason program and now faces a felony weapons charge in Miami after an incident there last month. Backup free safety Andre Lott suffered a hairline tibia fracture during a recent mini-camp.
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