Former Lions WR Rogers ordered jailed

Jan. 6, 2010 at 2:51 PM
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NOVI, Mich., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers must return to jail for violating his probation on drunken driving charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Novi, Mich., District Court Judge Robert Bondy ordered Rogers to serve 93 days in the Oakland County, Mich., jail after the 28-year-old former star receiver was found passed out at a Mexican restaurant this week, apparently from drinking alcohol, The Detroit News reported.

Novi Deputy Chief Tom Lindberg told the newspaper that Rogers was arrested at the restaurant for failing to fulfill the sobriety provisions of his probation on last year's conviction for operating a vehicle while visibly impaired by alcohol.

Restaurant employees reportedly called police when they couldn't rouse Rogers, who had passed out at a table, and feared he had suffered a heart attack. The newspaper said Rogers has tested positive three times for alcohol and failed to appear once for testing in November since his conviction.

Since being drafted by the Lions in 2003, Rogers, a native of Saginaw, Mich., has seen his career derailed by substance abuse problems. The News said he was suspended by the team in 2005, released the next year and ordered to repay two-thirds of a $9.1 million signing bonus.

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