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CU tackle Rogers diagnosed with torn patella tendon

October 18, 2000

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— If the University of Colorado football team has more of the same luck in this 1-5 season, it can't be good.

The trend continued Tuesday when starting offensive right tackle Victor Rogers learned the results of an MRI done on his left knee.

"I have a partially torn patella tendon," Rogers said. "Hopefully surgery can be avoided."

If it can't, the junior would undergo his eighth surgery since coming to Colorado. Rogers had his left knee scoped as a red-shirt freshman and had operations to repair injuries to shoulders, his thumb and ankles.

When told he is beginning to rival Denver Broncos guard Mark Schlereth, who had his 28th surgery, Rogers said: "The heck with that. I don't want to get that many surgeries. I will quit first."

Rogers has not been ruled out of Saturday's game at Kansas. Stiffness and swelling kept him out of practice Tuesday.

"The trainers have iced it, trying to get the swelling out of the knee cap, but it is real stiff and sore," Rogers said. "I can't even fully extend it right now."

Rogers' status makes the job of assembling a unit for the Kansas game by offensive line coach Steve Marshall even worse.

"I'd have to flip a coin right now," said Marshall about a lineup for Saturday. "Victor is probably the worst off, but center Andre Gurode is banged up, Ryan Gray is banged up. Tom Ashworth is healthy.

"I can use Danny Major for Victor and Marwan Hage, who has played center and guard," Marshall said. "Danny and Marwan have practiced well, but there is no drill in practice I can make into game speed."

Marshall said the decision would come later in the week. Right now his concerns have been shared with knowing the patched up line would probably face a number of confusing stunts and blitzes from Kansas.

"I would blitz us if I was their defensive coordinator," Marshall said. "You have a true freshman at quarterback, and you have to start guys that haven't started. Yeah, they will probably come after us."

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