Browns lose Rogers for rest of year

Published 3:34 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

BEREA — Browns Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers is done for the season with a lower leg injury.

Coach Eric Mangini said Rogers will need surgery and be placed on injured reserve. The 6-foot-4, 350-pound Rogers was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 16-7 loss in Cincinnati. Mangini did not specify the nature of Rogers’ injury, one of four sustained by Cleveland defenders against the Bengals.

Rogers’ leg was struck by teammate C.J. Mosley on a running play with 3:39 left. Rogers was hit on the side of the leg and bent over a pile of players.

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Rogers is the team’s third starting defensive player to go on IR. The Browns (1-10) previously lost starting inside linebackers D’Qwell Jackson and Eric Barton to season-ending injuries.

“It’s tough,” said linebacker David Bowens, who has had to shift from outside to inside linebacker. “But the games still have to be played.”