Eric Rogers could be ready for a return to the Stampeders lineup in Week 16.
“I’m hopeful,” Dickenson said. “I’m excited to get Eric back. Eric obviously was the best player on the field when we played Toronto last time so it would be nice to get him back out there. It’s eight weeks right now because of the two bye weeks. I think he’s feeling decent.”
Rogers had five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns against the Argos in Week 2, the 27-year-old’s most productive game on the season. He underwent a cleanup knee surgery on August 1 and been on the six-game injured list since. Dicksenson felt Rogers will be ready to go and then it will be on him to decide from there.
“We expect him to be back. It would be great to get Eric back, but obviously, we want him to stay healthy and be ready to go when he comes back,” quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell said.
The San Francisco 49ers gave Rogers a $125,000 signing bonus and guaranteed $100,000 of his NFL salary in 2016, the most upfront money since Cam Wake got $1 million from Miami in 2008. But he tore his ACL early in training camp with the 49ers and the team placed him on injured reserve for the season.
Rogers spent more than a year recovering and rehabbing the first major injury he’s suffered in his pro career. Rogers had been cleared to return to football activities by Dr. James Andrews who performed the surgery.
“It’s alright, it’s not the greatest but it’s progressing,” Rogers said about his knee. “See if I can make it this week, if not then hopefully next week.”
The six-foot-four, 215-pounder returned to the Stampeders in June and has recorded 21 catches for 329 yards and five touchdowns through five games in 2018.
“It feels better, as long as I’m a little better than I’ll be alright. I just want to be able to run a little better, be able to run and open up a little bit as far as down the field – run by people,” Rogers said.
“It’s just a matter of me running well.”