The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that WR Eli Rogers has been suspended one game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Here’s the statement from Steelers GM Kevin Colbert:
“We are disappointed that Eli Rogers has been suspended for Week 1 of the regular season as part of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
“The suspension will begin following the final roster cutdown on September 1. He will be allowed to continue his rehabilitation and attend meetings at team’s headquarters, but he will not be permitted to practice with the team during his suspension or attend the Week 1 game.”
Mark Kaboly adds that Rogers is likely to open the season on the PUP list anyways, which will cost him the first six games of the regular season.
Rogers is working his way back from a torn ACL that he suffered in January, but Schefter says he’s made a strong and quicker-than-expected comeback from his injury.
Last week, Rogers said he’s looking forward to deciding which team he’ll be playing for in 2018 over the next few days.
Rogers, 25, wound up signing on with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville back in 2015. He played out the final year of his three-year, $1,580,000 contract with the Steelers before returning to the team on a one-year contract last month.
In 2017, Rogers appeared in 14 games for the Steelers and caught 18 passes for 149 yards receiving and one touchdown.