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Ex-NFL player John “Charlie” Rogers Jr. brandished sword during argument, police say


ABERDEEN, N.J. — Police in New Jersey say a former NFL player threatened someone with a sword during an argument at a youth sports event.

John “Charlie” Rogers Jr. turned himself in to Aberdeen police Monday and was charged with making terroristic threats, stalking and weapons offenses. The Asbury Park Press reports that Rogers was released.

Police say the incident happened at an Oct. 5 meeting for a youth basketball travel team at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School. Investigators say the 42-year-old Rogers threatened someone with the sword.

Earlier this year, police said Rogers left a threatening voicemail for the parent of a youth football player. Rogers was fired from his job as the offensive coordinator at St. John Vianney High School after the tape was made public.

Rogers was a standout at Matawan Regional High School and attended Georgia Tech. He played five years in the NFL.



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Eli Rogers of Pittsburgh Steelers expected to start season on PUP list


PITTSBURGH — Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers is expected to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, according to a source, giving him more time to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The Steelers placed Rogers on the PUP list to open training camp, so he hasn’t practiced with the team throughout the preseason. Rogers is suspended for Week 1 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and is eligible for the active roster Sept. 10, after the season opener at Cleveland.

Rogers made an impact in the slot in 2016 with 48 catches for 594 yards, but last season his production dipped to 18 catches for 149 yards. He was benched for one week for in-house violations.

Rogers injured his knee in a playoff loss to Jacksonville, but the team re-signed him to a one-year deal this summer. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Rogers is skilled at beating man coverage with quickness.

With Rogers sidelined, the Steelers will open the regular season with JuJu Smith-Schuster as a primary option in the slot. They traded for Ryan Switzer earlier in the week for return help, but Switzer can play in the slot as well.

Players on the PUP list can begin a three-week practice window after Week 6. The team has to decide inside those three weeks whether to elevate the player to the 53-man roster.



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Darry Rogers, who coached Michigan State, Arizona State and Detroit Lions, dies at 83


DETROIT — Darryl Rogers, who coached Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1978 and later took the helm for the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 83.

The Lions said Rogers’ family confirmed his death Wednesday.

Rogers coached Michigan State from 1976 to 1979, going 24-18-2. The 1978 team, which included star flanker Kirk Gibson, won its final seven games to finish tied for first in the conference.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Darryl Rogers and his family at this most difficult time,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. “Coach Rogers won the 1978 Big Ten championship at Michigan State and was, in many ways, an offensive pioneer in college football. I was honored to have had the opportunity to talk to him a number of times throughout my time here and he was always very supportive. He loved Michigan State and will forever be a Spartan.”

Rogers also coached at Arizona State from 1980 to ’84 before heading to the NFL. He was with the Lions from 1985 to ’88.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Darryl,” Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford said. “On behalf of me, my family and the entire Detroit Lions organization, I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to his wife, Marsha, and the Rogers family.”

Rogers played wide receiver and defensive back at Fresno State and became the coach there in 1966. He also coached San Jose State from 1973 to 1975 before taking over at Michigan State.



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