first_img Detroit wide receiver Charles Rogers was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The announcement came in a statement from the league. Rogers apologized to teammates and coaches at a team meeting Wednesday. Under terms of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, a player is suspended for four games without pay because of a second positive test after he enters the program. If Rogers has another positive test, he will be suspended for at least one year. Rogers can’t go to practices or games, but he is permitted to attend meetings and work out at the team’s headquarters in suburban Detroit. “He’s going to get himself in great shape and get things squared away,” Lions coach Steve Mariucci said. “In the meantime, Mike Williams and Kevin Johnson are going to compete for that spot.” Martz has infection St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz has an infection of the heart that will require treatment with antibiotics and keep him out of practice for a couple of days. The 54-year-old Martz said doctors believe he has endocarditis, a bacterial infection of the heart’s inner lining or the heart valve. Martz will undergo a series of blood cultures over the next week to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment involves taking antibiotics over a long period of time, Martz said. Seattle WRs doubtful Starting wide receivers Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson were both listed as doubtful for Seattle’s game Sunday at St. Louis. Engram cracked two ribs in last Sunday’s loss to Washington. Jackson has a bone bruise in his right knee that flared up late last week. Also, the Seahawks signed veteran punter Tom Rouen and released Leo Araguz. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Vinny Testaverde is nearly 42 years old. He has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game since January. On top of all that, he has had about a week to learn the Jets offense. This is the player coach Herman Edwards has entrusted to help save the season. Edwards named Testaverde his starting quarterback Wednesday, a move the desperate Jets hope can spark their floundering offense. Though Testaverde was on the verge of retirement just a few weeks ago, he is now put in the tough spot of trying to do whatever he can to get the Jets some victories. His first start comes Sunday against Tampa Bay, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 1987. When he takes the field, he will be the fourth-oldest quarterback to start a game in the Super Bowl era, behind Steve DeBerg, Warren Moon and Doug Flutie. “There’s certain things that can happen, hopefully will happen, with getting the ball down the field, getting the ball out quick, trying not to take sacks, hoping everybody gets their confidence up,” Testaverde said. “Our lack of success has hurt our confidence a little bit offensively. We just have to get it up a little bit.” center_img Testaverde, signed a week ago when Chad Pennington went out for the season with another torn rotator cuff, watched from the sideline as third-stringer Brooks Bollinger started in a 13-3 loss to Baltimore on Sunday. The Jets did little to help the unproven youngster, failing to protect him or open up holes for Curtis Martin. But Edwards pointed to one statistic that helped him make his decision: Bollinger was 4 of 16 trying to get the ball to the receivers. “At this point, I feel that Vinny’s a veteran guy, we need a change a little bit as far as making some plays in the passing game. I think he can provide that,” Edwards said. “Brooks did a good job for us, but at the end of the day when you can’t make plays passing the ball it’s tough.” With Pennington sidelined and backup Jay Fiedler out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, the Jets (1-3) had few options, so they signed Testaverde last week for his second stint with the team. Testaverde had been out of football since finishing last season with Dallas. Rogers suspended last_img