10 NFL Busts


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Charles Rogers
Wide receiver Charles Rogers #80 of the Detroit Lions looks on against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field on November 13, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan.
Wide receiver Charles Rogers #80 of the Detroit Lions looks on against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field on November 13, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Living up to a six-year, $55 million contract is a tall order for any draftee. But Charles Rogers had an impressive start to his NFL career: After being drafted second overall by the Detroit Lions in 2003, the wide receiver set a record by becoming the first rookie in team history to catch two touchdown passes in his first game. In his first five games, he averaged 11 yards per catch [source: Hill]. But after five games, he broke his collarbone in practice, and the injury put him out for the rest of the season. In his second season, he broke the same bone during the first game and once again missed the rest of the season. In the meantime, Rogers smoked marijuana and graduated to prescription painkillers. In his third season return in 2005, he was noticeably slower and contributed just one touchdown. He also received a four-game suspension for a drug violation and was cut from the Lions the following year.

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