Browns’ Shaun Rogers formally charged

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers has been formally charged with carrying a concealed weapon into Hopkins International Airport.

A Cleveland city prosecutor filed the fourth-degree felony charge alleging that Rogers carried a .45-caliber Kimber semiautomatic with eight rounds in his carry-on luggage at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. A police report said the gun’s hammer was cocked in “safe mode.”

Rogers, 31, told officers that he had forgotten the gun was in his bag and that he carried it for personal safety during travel. Police say Rogers has a license in Michigan to carry a concealed weapon.

Even if he is not convicted, Rogers could face suspension from the league for violating its strict personal-conduct policy for players. He was suspended for four games in 2006 while with Detroit for violating the substance-abuse policy.

As the article notes, this incident could put Rogers’ future with the Browns in jeopardy. This is the last thing that new team president Mike Holmgren wants to deal with while trying to put together his roster and seeing as how he has already traded Brady Quinn and Kamerion Wimbley, he probably wouldn’t hesitate to trade Rogers. (If any team wants him after this incident, that is.)

Chances are that Rogers will wind up wearing brown and orange again next season, but his long-term future in Cleveland is up in the air.

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