Da'Rick Rogers (17) celebrates with DeMarco Sampson (19) following a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 11 in Indianapolis. Associated Press photo.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Undrafted rookie receiver Da’Rick Rogers was one of five players released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday. And injured offensive tackle Chris Hairston’s season is over before it began.
The Bills also released defensive backs Dominique Ellis and Jumal Rolle, receiver DeMarco Sampson, and center Ryan Turnley. The moves were made a day before NFL teams are required to trim their rosters to 75 players.
Rogers failed to make an impact in Buffalo in a bid to make a fresh start following a troubled college career. As a sophomore in 2011, Rogers led Tennessee with 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
He was forced to transfer to Tennessee Tech last summer after the Volunteers suspended him indefinitely for violating team rules. Rogers said the suspension was the result of him failing multiple drug tests.
In Buffalo, Rogers had difficulty earning playing time among a young, talented group of receivers, which includes rookie second-round pick, Robert Woods, and rookie third-round pick Marquise Goodwin.
Hairston, who was expected to compete for a starting job at right tackle, was placed on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list. He’s been bothered by a nagging back injury and hasn’t practice after opening training camp on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list.
The Bills also reached an injury settlement and released guard Keith Williams.