A grievance hearing that was scheduled earlier this week in regards to the Lions trying to get $10.1 million back from Charles Rogers was waived. Rather than meet in person, the arbitrator heard each side via a conference call and briefs were submitted.
An arbitrator, with no timetable, will decide if Rogers must pay back the Lions more than $10 million of the former receiver's $14 million-plus signing bonus because he was suspended in 2005 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
If the ruling is in the Lions' favor, the club would get salary-cap relief the season after it collects the money from Rogers.
Since there's no timetable for a decision, the Lions will be waiting for the news to come unexpectedly. If, in fact, Detroit does receive the $10.1 million back, it will be a nice addition to the salary cap when all is said and done.