Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (21) makes a high-flying catch for a touchdown during the fourth quarter as Vanderbilt defensive back Casey Hayward (19) defends at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee has indefinitely suspended star wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Rogers was an all-Southeastern Conference selection last year with 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
The junior from Calhoun, Georgia, doesn't appear on the depth chart Tennessee released Thursday for its August 31 season opener with North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome. Cordarrelle Patterson, a transfer from Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, likely would start in Rogers' place.
Rogers was expected to team up with Justin Hunter to form the SEC's top receiving tandem as Tennessee attempts to bounce back from a 5-7 season. Hunter caught 17 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns last year before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on September 17.
ESPN reported coach Derek Dooley said as recently as a week ago that Rogers had enjoyed an exceptional preseason camp and that his attitude had also been good.
He was arrested in 2010 after a fight at a Knoxville bar.
Rogers received a two-week ban from offseason activities and then missed some of spring practice amid rumors that he planned to transfer.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)