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Steelers’ Eli Rogers suspended for violating substance abuse policy

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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers receiver Eli Rogers fields a punt during practice Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Latrobe High School.

Injured Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Eli Rogers received a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse program.

Rogers is on the physically unable to perform list as he rehabilitates from a torn ACL in his right knee suffered during the January playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He almost certainly would not have been added to the active roster in time for the regular-season opener.

The suspension will cover the Week 1 game at Cleveland and take effect eight days prior. During that time span, Rogers will be permitted to continue rehab and attend meetings with the team at its South Side headquarters. He will not be able to practice, but if Rogers is still on the PUP list, that would be the case anyway.

“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,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement.

Rogers was not tendered a contract in the spring but was signed by the Steelers on the day they reported to training camp at Saint Vincent. An undrafted free agent out of Louisville who spent his rookie 2015 season on injured reserve, Rogers won the slot receiver job the following season (48 catches, three touchdowns) but slid down the depth chart last season.

Rogers had 18 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown in 2017.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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