Marinelli: Don't read into Rogers' absence

Marinelli: Don't read into Rogers' absence

As head coach Rod Marinelli conducted his first non-contact practice on Wednesday, a decision he said was made due to the efforts of the team the last five days, the absence of Charles Rogers from the team walk-through was precarious.

In a day of surprises at Detroit Lions training camp, the one that garnered the most attention might be one that should not.

As head coach Rod Marinelli conducted his first non-contact practice on Wednesday, a decision he said was made due to the efforts of the team the last five days, the absence of Charles Rogers from the team walk-through was precarious.

Depending on your point of view.

Because of his inability to remain controversy-free throughout his career, and despite the fact that other starters also remained on the sidelines, skepticism quickly shrouded any reasons that Rogers was held out.

With a past that includes more than one substance abuse violation (and his rather public conflict with Detroit's coaching staff last year), it's unlikely Rogers will ever be given the benefit of the doubt.

Immediately following the practice session, however, Marinelli quickly put down any concern.

"Don't read more into it then there is," Marinelli said. "We're just getting the guys worked, trying to work each guy -- each person, and get as much work as we can."

Although he refused to answer whether or not Rogers was in danger of making the team, Marinelli cautioned that it was way to early to determine anything. He added later that Rogers' camp progress has been impressive.

"He's out here working hard and is prepared," he said. "You need more looks, but he's out running like all of them. All we can do is just keep asking a man to put out good tape and all we can do from there is evaluate it.

"I try to give (Charles) a tool on how to (grow). From pounding the rock to one snap, whatever that means that helps them under adversity and giving them a way to handle adversity with a tool, and maybe that tool will also help us during a game."

Injury notes: The Lions are still awaiting word on the status of injured right tackle Rex Tucker. Tucker suffered a knee injury during Tuesday's evening session. Although second-year tackle Kelly Butler replaced him temporarily, veteran Barry Stokes walked with the first-team on Wednesday. DT Shaun Rogers (shoulder) could be out three weeks after it was determined he suffered a minor seperation. DT Shaun Cody also remained out, but should be available soon. DT Jon McGraw was also held out again.

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