Some bad news coming to you this Monday afternoon after a big Colts win yesterday, and it's that reports are saying that Colts wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers was arrested for driving under the influence early Monday morning. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano just announced that the team has released Rogers for "conduct detrimental to the team." To fill his roster spot, the Colts promoted safety Dewey McDonald from the practice squad to the active roster. This is the report regarding Rogers' arrest, from FOX 59's Charly Arnolt:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>BREAKING: Da'Rick Rogers was arrested last night for DUI on the IUPUI campus. Loucheiz Purifoy was riding passenger. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a></p>— Charly Arnolt (@CharlyArnolt) <a href="https://twitter.com/CharlyArnolt/status/516664711728078848">September 29, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>According to report, Da'Rick Rogers was pulled over at 3:35 am. Police saw him driving on and over yellow line. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a></p>— Charly Arnolt (@CharlyArnolt) <a href="https://twitter.com/CharlyArnolt/status/516667625733382145">September 29, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Also from Arnolt's report:
"He was breathalyzed and registered a BAC of at least .08% and less than .15%."
Rogers is a player with a lot of talent - namely great athleticism and speed - but he has had off the field issues before and therefore was on a short leash. He had been great with the Colts so far, but his reported DUI arrest wasn't going to be tolerated for him. Rogers was inactive for the first four games of the season and was very much expendable, making the team completely because of his talent. But, if that player has "conduct detrimental to the team," then there's really no reason to think he'd stick around. It's no surprise whatsoever that the Colts released Rogers, but give the team credit for acting quickly in this matter.
Pagano also said this afternoon that Indy is "a pretty easy place to thrive and to grow. If you can't make it here, it's gonna be tough to make it anywhere."
To fill Rogers' roster spot, the Colts have promoted undrafted safety Dewey McDonald from the practice squad to the active roster. McDonald was signed by the Colts out of Cal University (PA) after a successful college career and he's a guy with potential, but who needed work. He was with the Colts in camp and preseason and did some good things, and he landed on their practice squad after final roster cuts. Now, he's on the active roster.
We'll have more details on Da'Rick Rogers as it becomes available, but reports say that Rogers was arrested for a DUI early this morning and Chuck Pagano has confirmed that the Colts have released Rogers.