Mississippi State QB Will Rogers (2) passes against Ole Miss during the second half of the Egg Bowl at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023.

Reports: Washington QB Will Rogers back in transfer portal

Washington quarterback Will Rogers re-entered his name in the transfer portal Friday night after the departure of coach Kalen DeBoer, multiple media outlets reported.

Rogers previously departed Mississippi State and announced his transfer to Washington on Dec. 15. He was expected to be the starting quarterback in 2024 with the eligibility of star Michael Penix Jr. complete.

But the record-setting quarterback at Mississippi State apparently is examining his options after DeBoer left the Huskies to become coach of Alabama.

Rogers was with Washington on Monday during its 34-13 loss to Michigan in the College Football Playoff national title game. He was wearing a Huskies uniform with his name on the back and threw some passes pregame.

Though Rogers re-entered the portal, he still could decide to remain at Washington.

A four-year starter for his home-state Bulldogs, Rogers threw for 1,626 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions in eight games in 2023. He missed four games due to an upper-body injury.

Rogers finished with a school-record 12,315 career passing yards at Mississippi State, a total that ranks second all-time in Southeastern Conference history to Georgia’s Aaron Murray (13,166 from 2010-13). Rogers’ total of 94 passing touchdowns ranks fourth in league history.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Commanders tight end Armani Rogers (88) warms up before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Commanders AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Commanders TE Armani Rogers (Achilles) out indefinitely

Washington Commanders tight end Armani Rogers is sidelined indefinitely with an Achilles injury.

Coach Ron Rivera said Rogers sustained the non-contact injury while running during an OTA session Tuesday.

NFL Network reported that an MRI confirmed an Achilles tear, and Rogers plans to have surgery next week.

“It’s a blow,” Rivera said Wednesday. “The young man really progressed well for us last year.”

Rogers, 25, appeared in 11 games (three starts) and caught five passes for 64 yards last season.

He was undrafted in 2022 after playing five seasons of college football at UNLV (2017-19) and Ohio (2020-21).

The Commanders have tight ends Logan Thomas, John Bates, Cole Turner and Curtis Hodges on the roster.

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Jun 8, 2022; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive back Thomas Graham Jr. (27) warms up during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Browns sign CB Thomas Graham Jr.

The Cleveland Browns signed cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. off the Chicago Bears’ practice squad on Tuesday.

The Browns waived cornerback Herb Miller in a corresponding move.

Graham played in four games (one start) for the Bears in 2021. He had 13 tackles and four passes defensed. He was one of the team’s final cuts last month before clearing waivers and ending up on the practice squad.

Miller has played in 14 games in three seasons with Tampa Bay and the Browns. He played 22 snaps on special teams in the Browns’ win over Carolina in Week 1.

The Browns also signed wide receiver Chester Rogers to their practice squad.

The Browns (1-0) host the New York Jets in Week 2.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers coach Matt LaFleur refuses to consider life without Aaron Rodgers

Losing Aaron Rodgers is not a thought Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is willing to entertain.

LaFleur, speaking Saturday for the first time since Rodgers’ standoff with the franchise became public on Thursday, admitted he is unwilling to accept any other reality than the one he has known as Packers head coach. And that means No. 12, the reigning NFL MVP, being on the field in Green Bay.

LaFleur said he continues to view Rodgers as “the greatest to ever do it.”

President Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst took turns the past two days singing the same tune: bring back Rodgers. But there is little harmony in Green Bay, according to multiple reports, which include the same, potentially debilitating summary for the Packers.

Rodgers reportedly told the front office he wants a trade and has no intention of playing for the team again.

“We want him back here,” LaFleur said Saturday.

The Packers drew first blood in Rodgers’ opinion by drafting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 draft. Rodgers was openly miffed, and said he felt the team could have drafted a player ready to contribute immediately.

Love was inactive for every game last season.

What if, then, LaFleur’s next game as Packers head coach doesn’t include No. 12?

“I can’t even take my brain to that spot right now,” LaFleur said. “I just want to do everything in my power to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

–Field Level Media