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Rehab process underway for Steelers’ Rogers

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Eli Rogers' future is unclear after suffering a torn ACL in the playoffs. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

With four minutes remaining in what would be the Steelers' final game of the 2017 season, Eli Rogers lined up outside to the left of the formation in front of the Jacksonville bench.

At the snap of the ball, he made a move and stopped, forcing inside linebacker Telvin Smith, who had split out to cover him, to adjust. Trouble was, Smith's leg got tangled with the right leg of Rogers. And the Steelers receiver crumpled to the ground.

Rogers was helped from the field and though the Steelers would finish off that drive with a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass to Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers came up short in that AFC Divisional Playoff game, losing 45-42.

Initially, Rogers didn't think his injury was serious.

"He was telling us all he'd be fine," linebacker Arthur Moats said of Rogers the next day at a team meeting. "He was flexing it. Then, an hour later, he was like, 'Man, I tore my ACL.'"

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