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Commanders HC Ron Rivera provides Armani Rogers update

While it was largely positive for the Washington Commanders throughout the first part of OTAs, there was one critical blow. This came after promising young tight end Armani Rogers suffered a ruptured Achilles that will require season-ending surgery.

This is a disappointing turn of events considering how many within the building and across the fanbase expected Rogers to flourish under Eric Bieniemy's guidance next season. Now, the player faces a long road back to health and will be watching the 2023 campaign from the sidelines.

When discussing the complication recently, head coach Ron Rivera detailed how the injury surfaced via the team's website. He also highlighted a firm belief that Rogers will be part of his plans once fully healthy.

"It is a little bit of a blow, and it's unfortunate. He did it running. He's a young man that really progressed very well for us last year, but we feel very confident in the group of tight ends that we have right now as well. But it is a big loss as far as the young man's concerned. We had a nice trio or nice group of guys. Unfortunately, like I said, it was just a freak thing, and it was just crazy. It's very unfortunate. [Rogers] is a heck of a young man, but he'll be back."

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The Commanders have Logan Thomas, John Bates, Cole Turner, and Curtis Hodges as potential options at the tight end spot. Whether that's enough to make the strides needed remains to be seen.