- The Washington Times - Friday, July 1, 2005

The Washington Redskins’ talented secondary can’t seem to avoid problems.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers, the club’s first pick and the ninth pick overall in the 2005 draft, won’t be 100 percent when training camp opens Aug. 1.

Rogers, expected to battle veteran Walt Harris for a starting spot opened by Fred Smoot’s departure to Minnesota, has a first-degree sprain and a bone bruise in his right ankle. Rogers will be in a walking boot and on crutches the next two weeks. He will be in a hard-bottom shoe for the following two weeks, meaning he will be limited in early August. Washington scrimmages Baltimore on Aug. 6 before opening the preseason Aug. 13 at Carolina.

Rogers suffered the injuries while working at his alma mater, Auburn, during the period when the Redskins canceled organized team activities after being caught in violation of NFL rules regarding those practices. Rogers was on the field for the last day of OTAs June 16 and for the start of minicamp the next day before giving in to the pain in his ankle and sitting out the rest of the weekend.

A previous stress fracture was revealed while Rogers received treatment for his current ailments, but the Redskins said the old injury is not a concern. The team hopes Rogers’ boot will prevent the bone bruise from developing into a nondisplaced fracture.

Rogers’ situation is the latest setback for the secondary. Backup safety Andre Lott is on crutches for three more weeks after suffering a hairline tibia fracture during minicamp.

Starting safety Sean Taylor skipped the entire offseason program before being excused from minicamp to focus on his legal troubles. Taylor is facing at least three years in prison if convicted of a felony assault charge stemming from a June 1 incident. His trial is tentatively set for Sept. 12, the day after Washington opens the season against Chicago.

Note — The Redskins cut former New York Giants offensive lineman Tam Hopkins, who was signed June 16.



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