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Arbitrator rules Rogers must pay Lions about $8.5 million

Updated: October 9, 2008, 9:04 PM ET
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DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions didn't get what they wanted from Charles Rogers on the field, but might recover some money from the first-round bust.

Executive vice president Tom Lewand confirmed in a Booth Newspapers report Wednesday night that an arbitrator ruled Rogers has to give the Lions about $8.5 million of the more than $14 million he received in bonus money.

The Lions filed a grievance late in the 2005 season, claiming Rogers diminished his value to the team by failing a drug ...

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