Injured Steelers receiver Eli Rogers received a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse program, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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 Jacksonville. As such, he almost certainly would not have been added to the active roster in time for the regular-season opener regardless.
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.