Cleveland Browns NT Shaun Rogers Avoids Jail Time in Airport Gun Case

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJuly 13, 2010

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Shaun Rogers #92 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday afternoon, Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers was in a Cleveland court to discuss his gun charge from earlier this year.

Rogers and his lawyer Patrick D’Angelo waited anxiously as the court ruled that Rogers be placed in a year-long diversion program that will result in the dropping of all charges against him.

During his year-long program, Rogers will have to complete a 10-hour gun course as well as 40 hours of community service.

Now that Rogers is not facing jail time, he will be able to focus on the football portion of his life. Unfortunately for teammate Robaire Smith, that is not the case.

Smith was arrested on a similar charge in November and is yet to have his case heard in court.

The Cleveland Browns are not in the clear just yet with Rogers. Disciplinary action from the league is expected to be handed down sometime within the next few weeks.

Most experts expect Rogers to get a one-to-three game suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Even though the Browns may be without Rogers for a few games, the organization is breathing a sigh of relief at the news that Shaun will be playing football this season. Rogers is without a doubt the most intimidating figure on the Cleveland defense, and without him the 3-4 front looks completely different.

The Browns will report to training camp on July 31 in Berea, Ohio with Rogers expected to be in attendance.