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Rogers to return to slot

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2012 – 9:45 am

He’s been working his way back from a hamstring injury, but CB Justin Rogers will be rotated back in at nickel corner with veteran Leodis McKelvin against the Chiefs today.

“He practiced there this week for the first time on a regular basis and Justin will hopefully see some action this week at nickel,” Chan Gailey told “That is the plan unless something changes.”

“It’s just working back in,” Rogers told “The coaches were telling me to get more of those nickel reps. Last week I did some in there, but there was still some stuff lingering with the hamstring and making sure it was right. They also asked me to go outside a little bit to get some reps out there.”

Rogers said playing the whole way in the final preseason game at Detroit really helped him feel as though he was recovered from the hamstring injury that forced him to miss almost all of training camp and most of the preseason.

“It held up,” said Rogers of his hamstring. “So now it’s just about staying on top of it and maintaining it so it won’t happen again.”

“He was in position before all this injury he was playing there and doing pretty well,” said Chan Gailey. “We have to give him an opportunity to get back on the field somehow.”

In splitting time with Leodis McKelvin this week one could argue that they’re directly competing for more playing time in a game, something that’s usually reserved for the preseason. But Rogers’ injury made such an arrangement impossible. So now Rogers is trying to reclaim a job he held down late last season coming off the injury, and he’ll have to do it against a very elusive slot receiver in Dexter McCluster.

“He’s a small, compact guy,” said Rogers of McCluster. “It’s kind of different in the slot. He’s real good at it even though he’s mainly been a hybrid player. So you have to match his qualities, stay low and match his quickness. I think it’ll be an advantage that we’re kind of the same size so I think some of my qualities match his, but it’s still going to be a challenge.”

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