NFL suspension preventing Rogers signing

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

Pacman Jones isn't going to be wearing Blue and Gold, and now the Charles Rogers chase has hit a considerable snag.

The Bombers revealed on Tuesday that Rogers, the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, is on their negotiation list, which gives the team exclusive negotiating rights to the wide receiver.

The only problem is the Bombers cannot sign him to a contract because he is currently under NFL suspension. The CFL starting honouring all NFL suspensions after Ricky Williams came to Canada three years ago.

"He is a free agent and has never applied for reinstatement since his one-year suspension was issued in 2007, so he continues to be indefinitely suspended," NFL spokeman Brian McCarthy said in an e-mail yesterday.

Rogers, however, is apparently in the process of trying to get reinstated, which would pave his way to the CFL and Winnipeg.

Rogers was a star at Michigan State, but his pro career with the Detroit Lions never took off due to injuries and for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy on several occasions.

FANTASTIC FRED: Fred Reid's big game against the B.C. Lions has landed him CFL offensive player of the month honours. The third-year Bomber running back had 476 yards on 53 carries and four touchdowns in August, but it was his franchise-record 260 yards against the Lions on Aug. 21 that sealed this award.

Reid ran 26 times for a 10-yard average and scored two touchdowns in breaking Blaise Bryant's 15-year-old Bomber record.

It was the third-best rushing performance in CFL history.

RISKY PROPOSITION? The Bombers have stayed in Moose Jaw for the past few Labour Day weekends in an effort to get away from the crazies in Regina.

This year, they're going to stay in the Saskatchewan capital.

"I would rather stay in Regina than Moose Jaw," Bombers coach Mike Kelly said. "I'm confident our players will handle themselves accordingly, and the hotel we're staying in has assured us that we would have extra security."

LATE HITS: Kelly said wide receiver Arjei Franklin won't be coming off the team's nine-game injured list this week. Franklin, who has an ankle injury, has three games left before he's eligible to return, but the team can take him off whenever they want ... The Bombers released receiver-kick returner Craphonso Thorpe yesterday ... Safety Ian Logan aggravated his hamstring injury on Tuesday and didn't practise yesterday. Siddeeq Shabazz was lining up at the position yesterday and could get his second straight start on Sunday ... Terrence Edwards (turf toe), James Johnson (turf toe) and Riall Johnson (foot) also watched practice yesterday. Kelly said Edwards will play, while the other two are up in the air ... It looks like Winnipeg native Don Oramasionwu will start at defensive tackle this week, with Dorian Smith moving out to the end spot.


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