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Newly re-signed Steelers WR Eli Rogers says knee feels ‘great’

July 29, 2018

Steelers receiver Eli Rogers fields a punt during practice Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Latrobe High School.

After an unfortunate injury, Eli Rogers kept his faith - in God and in the Steelers.

Now, he’s back “home.”

“I let God guide me,” Rogers said Thursday prior to the Steelers’ first practice of training camp, “and I stayed in contact with these guys out here and coach (Mike) Tomlin and stayed in contact with Ben (Roethlisberger) throughout the process. He did a great job of leading me and giving his insight on this space of life, and I just ultimately came back here and felt like this was the fit, this was the home for me.”

The Steelers’ slot receiver most of the past two seasons, Rogers re-signed with the team on Wednesday and is on the physically unable to perform list as he continues recovery from ACL surgery.

And while Rogers is not much more than six months removed from suffering the injury late in the Steelers’ playoff loss to Jacksonville, Roethlisberger painted an optimistic picture of where Rogers is at in his rehab.

“Obviously just having a very significant injury not that long ago, he probably could go out there and play right now,” Roethlisberger said. “But we all kind of had to pull the reins and say, ‘Let’s be smart and ease into this thing so that you don’t have any setbacks.’”

Rogers said he will follow the guidance of the team’s training and medical staffs as he works his way back to being cleared. For now, he works out on his own. But he termed the feeling in his knee as “great.”

“It’s just a matter of time playing itself out with this process,” he said. “But when I am ready, I will be ready.”

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