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Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers fined but not suspended

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 31, 2010

Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers has been fined one game check for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, the league announced Tuesday.

His punishment stems from his April arrest for toting a gun in his carry-on luggage at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Rogers is appealing the decision.

Rogers' fine will be worth about $400,000, but he won't be suspended. His base salary for the 2010 season is $6.9 million.

Despite his arrest, Rogers avoided jail time. He was placed in a diversion program and ordered to complete a gun course and community service. Upon the completion of the program, the gun charge will be dropped.

Shortly after Rogers appeared in court to enter the diversion program, he earned praise from Middleburg Heights police after going out of his way to alert them about a drunken driver.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the Browns' headquarters Aug. 5, he said he was aware of Rogers' good deed.

“Yes, I heard about that (Rogers assisting the police)," Goodell said. "I think that’s a great example though of a young man making a mistake on one hand and doing something very positive on the other. I think that’s another demonstration of what I’ve often said. I think our guys do wonderful things on and off the field and I’m proud of what they do. They are going to make mistakes though and obviously they’ve made a couple of mistakes here.”

In an awkward exchange with reporters before the Browns practiced Tuesday, Rogers didn't reveal whether or not he knew anything about the league's decision regarding his punishment.

"If that's what they decide to do, that's what they decide to do," he said. "And I can live with it."

Rogers has spent all of training camp on the Browns' physically unable to perform list. He has been rehabilitating from an ankle injury he suffered last season, and it's still unclear whether or not he'll return for the start of the regular season.

Fellow Browns defensive lineman Robaire Smith was arrested for carrying a gun in a Michigan airport in November. There is still no word on what punishment he'll receive.


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