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Lions' Rogers to be suspended for substance abuse

Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers has been notified that he is being suspended for four games because he is in violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, sources have told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The suspension could be announced this week unless Rogers appeals, the sources said.

"A player's status in the National Football League substance
abuse program is strictly confidential unless the NFL announces a
player's suspension," the Lions said in a statement. "Any
questions regarding the policy should be directed to the NFL."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had no comment. A
message seeking comment from Rogers' agent, Kevin Poston, was left
Monday night.

Under the policy, Rogers' suspension means he has had at least three positive tests of an illegal street drug. A fourth positive test will result in a minimum one-year suspension.

In three games this season, Rogers has caught just five passes
for 77 yards.

After a loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday in which he wasn't thrown a
pass until the fourth quarter, Rogers said he was confused about
his current role in the offense.

He chose not to elaborate Monday.

"Today wouldn't be a good day for me to talk. I don't want to
get into all that," Rogers said, speaking before reports of his
suspension surfaced.

As a rookie, Rogers led Detroit with 22 receptions for 243 yards and three scores in five
games before breaking his right collarbone in practice and missing
the rest of his rookie season.

In the first quarter of last year's opener, Rogers broke the
same bone and had season-ending surgery.

Rogers was the Lions' first-round choice in 2003, the No. 2 overall player chosen in the NFL draft. That year, ESPN reported that Rogers was flagged by the NFL's medical advisor when he provided a diluted urine sample at the NFL Scouting Combine before the draft. The result placed Rogers in the substance abuse program, which made him subject to random testing.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.