Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers won't be starting off the regular season on a strong note. He has been suspended by the league.
Rogers has been suspended for one game by the NFL for a violation of the substance abuse policy. The Steelers announced the news this afternoon.
"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 GM Kevin Colbert said in a statement today.
"The suspension will begin following the final roster cutdown on September 1. He will be allowed to continue his rehabilitation and attend meetings at team’s headquarters, but he will not be permitted to practice with the team during his suspension or attend the Week 1 game."
Rogers has been with the Steelers since 2015, when he signed as an undrafted free agent. He had a noteworthy rookie season in 2016, catching 48 passes for 594 yards and three touchdowns.
Rogers' numbers took a dip last fall. He managed just 18 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.
With his suspension, Rogers might be on the roster bubble. Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Justin Hunter, James Washington and Darrius Heyward-Bey are locks to make the team, and undrafted rookie Damoun Patterson has impressed thus far this summer.