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NFL draft bust Rogers ineligible to play for Blue Bombers

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The Canadian Press
9/2/2009 6:19:16 PM
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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers can forget about bringing former NFL receiver Charles Rogers to play in Canada.

Rogers, the second player taken in the '03 NFL draft, is currently under suspension south of the border and thus ineligible to play in the CFL.

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly said Tuesday the team had an interest in Rogers, a former member of the Detroit Lions. However, officials at the CFL head office confirmed Rogers' suspension Wednesday, meaning the former Michigan State star can't sign with any league team until being formally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The CFL adopted this policy following the '06 season when running back Ricky Williams played for the Toronto Argonauts while under suspension by the NFL.

Rogers only appeared in 15 career games with Detroit due to injuries and a positive drug test. He was arrested in September 2008 and charged with assault and battery of a female acquaintance but the charges were eventually dropped.

In December 2008, the six-foot-three, 220-pound Rogers was sentenced to attend sobriety court or face jail time after violating his probation. In March, he was jailed for violating probation.

Charles Rogers (Photo:  Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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