Washington Commanders tight end Armani Rogers suffers non-contact Achilles tendon injury and “expected to miss season”
- Armani Rogers was expected to break out in his second season playing TE
- He transitioned from playing quarterback in college at UNLV before last season.
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The Washington Commanders have already taken a big injury hit heading into the new season after second-year tight end Armani Rogers suffered a non-contact injury to his Achilles tendon that is expected to miss him all season.
Rodgers suffered the injury while running during OTA on Tuesday, and it was further reported that by NFL Network’s Ian Rapport that an MRI confirmed that Rogers did, in fact, tear his Achilles tendon and planned to have surgery next week. The commanders did not immediately respond to the request for confirmation.
Those within the Washington organization expected Rodgers to take a big step in his development this season after converting from tight end to quarterback following his college career at UNLV.
“It’s a blow,” head coach Ron Rivera told reporters. ‘The youngster really progressed well for us last year. But we feel confident in the tight ends group.’
Rogers’ progression in terms of his pass-catching and pass-blocking ability, combined with his excellent athleticism.
Commanders tight end Armani Rogers suffered a non-contact Achilles tendon injury in practice
He was ready for a big season after transitioning to tight end after playing QB in college.
The team will still have veterans at the job in the form of Logan Thomas and John Bates to accompany young players like the 2022 fifth-round pick and undrafted free agent Curtis Hodges.
“It sucks, it’s tough,” Thomas said, “especially for a guy who played some good football for us last year.”
It’s not like you can find a guy on the street right now who played a lot of football who can come in and do things that he did with his speed and athleticism. It is definitely a success.
Last Rodgers caught just five passes for 64 yards, but missed six games with various knee and ankle injuries.
The Majors are also set to bring in a new starting quarterback in Sam Howell this season, though Howell only appeared in the final game of the season last year.
Despite playing together in the season finale, Rogers and Howell did not combine to create positive yardage in the game.