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The University of Tennessee has suspended junior wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers for violation of team rules.
The announcement was made on UTSports.com Thursday morning:
"Junior wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers does not appear on the depth chart for the NC State game, as he has been suspended indefinitely because of a violation of team rules. His status for the remainder of the season is yet to be determined."
According to the depth chart, junior college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to start in Rogers' place.
Dooley addressed the issue after practice Thursday morning, saying his expectation is that Rogers will not play this season.
Rogers was the team's leading receiver last season with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
This is not the first time he has been in trouble with the team.
Rogers missed part of spring practice because of "internal issues."
He also was arrested in July 2010 after a brawl involving some University of Tennessee football players sent an off-duty Knoxville police officer to the hospital.
Authorities charged Rogers with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, but those charges were essentially dropped several months later.
Prosecutors dropped the resisting arrest charge and agreed to drop the disorderly conduct allegations in exchange for Rogers completing 16 hours of community service.
Rogers, a five-star recruit, was part of Derek Dooley's first recruiting class at UT. He had committed to the University of Georgia during the recruiting process, but decided to switch to UT the day before signing day, after meeting Coach Dooley.
At that time, Rivals.com rated Rogers as the top recruit in the state of Georgia and the second best wide receiver in the nation.
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