Rogers to have surgery on right knee after MCL, ACL tears

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers
is out of the year with torn ligaments in his right knee.

Rogers was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 52-7 loss to
the New England Patriots. An MRI on Monday revealed tears in the
ACL and MCL. He will have surgery in about two weeks and begin
rehabilitation with the possible goal of returning for next year's
training camp.

"We've got bad news on Carlos," coach Joe Gibbs said. "He's a
real tough guy. There's going to have to be some other guys to step

Rogers' injury would have been a huge blow at any time, but it
was especially problematic against the high-scoring Patriots
because fellow cornerback Fred Smoot missed the game with a
hamstring injury. The Redskins had to rely on Leigh Torrence and
David Macklin to help try to contain Randy Moss and the other New
England receivers.

Trainer Bubba Tyer said Smoot will return for next week's game
against the New York Jets to join Shawn Springs in the starting
lineup. But the Redskins will also need to promote a cornerback
from the practice squad or sign a free agent. The team is expected
to work out several candidates Tuesday.

Rogers declined comment Monday as he exited Redskins Park on

Rogers, the No. 9 overall pick from Auburn in 2005, was having
his best season. He had one interception, which he returned for 61
yards against Detroit for his first career touchdown. Last year, he
dropped numerous potential interceptions for a defense that ranked
next-to-last in the league.