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Former Detroit Lions 1st round pick Charles Rogers dies at age 38

Tragic news about the former Detroit Lion.

Detroit Lions Training Camp Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers has died at the young age of 38 years old, according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press.

Rogers, the second-overall pick of the 2003 draft, spent just three seasons with the Lions before the team cut him. Unfortunately for Rogers, he dealt with a couple of injuries in Detroit that immediately derailed his career, and in his final season with the Lions he was hit by a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Rogers did not end up landing on any other NFL teams afterwards.

Rogers was a star receiver at Michigan State University prior to his NFL career. In both 2001 and 2002, Rogers pulled in over 1,300 yards and at least 13 touchdowns.

There is no word yet on how Rogers died at the young age of 38, but Rogers’ old high school coach told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he’d been sick for a while.

Rogers, who had moved to Florida in recent years, is survived by eight children.

UPDATE: Per his former coaches (via MLive’s Kyle Meinke), Rogers died of liver failure and was battling cancer.