bagobonez wrote:The Detroit News reports the Lions had their first training-camp practice in full pads Saturday, and WR Charles Rogers showed no tendency to shy away from contact. On one play, he lined up to his right and slid to catch a pass from Joey Harrington. The ball was thrown low to beat the coverage, and Rogers did not hesitate to go for it. He was scrambling to his feet even before he heard teammates and coaches yell, "Get up!" "I hadn't been touched," Rogers said. "I wasn't down yet. I have to get those six points." When he got back to the huddle, Rogers tapped hands with QB Joey Harrington. It was a little sign among players -- a welcome back. Rogers suffered a broken right collarbone on the third play of the Lions' opening-game victory last season in Chicago. He lined up right and dived for a pass over the middle. His collarbone snapped as he landed on the turf. In 2003, Rogers' rookie season ended during practice after the fifth game. He insists he won't worry about the possibility of another injury. He was cleared for full contact when camp opened and is wearing regular shoulder pads, without extra protection. "I'm not going to come out here and be too padded up where I can't use my ability and be able to stretch out and make the big plays. I come out here fearless," he said.
To be honest, these comments scare me more than make me feel giddy for Rogers. He's not taking extra precaution to limit injury opportunities and is running around the field like a madman. While some may call this courageous, I call this risky and possibly immature. Yes, it signals that he's healthy at this point, however, how many times does he "go for it" until he breaks another bone and misses time.
I feel the same way about Michael Vick running the ball all the time -- it will cause him to be more injury-prone than QBs that take precautions.