Eight days before the Tennessee Volunteers kick off the 2012 college football season, we see that the two-deep depth chart does not include the name of 2011 All-SEC First Team and 2012 Preseason All-American Second Team wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers.
In an offseason that has slowly but steadily racked up casualties from injury, dismissal and ineligibility, Rogers' indefinite suspension, as reported by ESPN on Thursday, is the greatest of all.
Brent Hubbs of Volquest.com reported on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville that Rogers' suspension arose from an incident earlier this week, and most interestingly, did not stem from the coaches.
That means that Rogers is in hot water with academics, the law or some other off-field institution. He won't be able to just run extra steps in Neyland Stadium steps after practice.
Rogers has a troubled history with Tennessee, though nothing has ever resulted in any major repercussions for the highly-talented receiver until now.
Those repercussions could show up on the field, too. Fans of the Vols have to be remembering the way the injury to Justin Hunter hurt the 2011 season.
Tennessee recruited a top-flight JUCO wide receiver, Cordarelle Patterson, who will now be expected to be a regular starter opposite Hunter. He has the talent, but according to Hubbs, he was being brought along slowly in the offense because there was no need to overload him with information when Hunter and Rogers were there.
It's safe to assume that Rogers won't be on the field for the NC State game. An indefinite suspension will certainly extend beyond August 31. The week two game against Akron is a locked win with or without Rogers, so keep your fingers crossed for the week three meeting with Florida for Rogers' 2012 debut.
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