ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -Washington Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers is out of the year with torn ligaments in his right knee.
Rogers was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 52-7 loss to the New England Patriots. An MRI on Monday revealed tears in the ACL and MCL. He will have surgery in about two weeks and begin rehabilitation with the possible goal of returning for next year's training camp.
``We've got bad news on Carlos,'' coach Joe Gibbs said. ``He's a real tough guy. There's going to have to be some other guys to step up.''
Rogers' injury would have been a huge blow at any time, but it was especially problematic against the high-scoring Patriots because follow cornerback Fred Smoot missed the game with a hamstring injury. The Redskins had to rely on Leigh Torrence and David Macklin to help try to contain Randy Moss and the other New England receivers.
Trainer Bubba Tyer said Smoot will return for next week's game against the New York Jets to join Shawn Springs in the starting lineup. But the Redskins will also need to promote a cornerback from the practice squad or sign a free agent. The team is expected to work out several candidates Tuesday.
Rogers declined comment Monday as he exited Redskins Park on crutches.
Rogers, the No. 9 overall pick from Auburn in 2005, was having his best season. He had one interception, which he returned for 61 yards against Detroit for his first career touchdown. Last year, he dropped numerous potential interceptions for a defense that ranked next-to-last in the league.
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