Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former CFL Star Eric Rogers Suffers Season-Ending Injury with 49ers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former CFL Star Eric Rogers Suffers Season-Ending Injury with 49ers

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Former CFL star suffered season-ending injury

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Eric Rogers' season has ended before it even began.

Rogers, the CFL's leading receiver last year with Calgary, suffered a season-ending knee injury at the San Francisco 49ers' training camp. Rogers, 25, torn his anterior cruciate ligament during a non-contact kickoff coverage drill Thursday.

The six-foot-three, 210-pound Rogers had 87 catches for 1,448 yards and 10 TDs last season with the Stampeders and was making progress in his quest to crack the 49ers' roster as their No. 3 receiver

"It's a real big blow for him," 49ers head coach Chip Kelly told reporters Friday. "He was doing a great job for us.

"I really feel for him. He has transitioned from the CFL and had a great spring for us and was really pushing here during camp."

Rogers signed a two-year, US$1.19-million deal this off-season with the 49ers, who guaranteed Rogers US$225,000 ($125,000 signing bonus, $100,000 base salary). That was reportedly the largest guarantee for a CFL player since the Miami Dolphins gave former B.C. Lions star Cameron Wake a $1-million signing bonus in 2008.

This season, Rogers is scheduled to earn a base salary of $450,000 that would increase to $540,000 in 2017. His deal is also said to include an additional $75,000 in bonuses.

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HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: For Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders, there's really no place like home.

Calgary improved to 3-0 at McMahon Stadium with its 35-15 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday night. That's certainly impressive considering road teams have dominated this year, posting a 16-10-1 record heading into action Saturday night when the Ottawa Redblacks entertain the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Stampeders (4-1-1) remain atop the West Division standings, one point ahead of B.C. (4-2). They not only boast the CFL's best record but its longest unbeaten streak at five games and have won three straight.

The Lions kept pace Thursday with a 38-18 road victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

Mitchell was instrumental in the victory, completing 25-of-37 passes for 312 yards and a TD. He improved his record as a CFL starter to an impeccable 32-7-1 and has thrown a touchdown pass in 21 straight games to tie retired stars Anthony Calvillo and Doug Flutie for fourth on the all-time list. …

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