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Undrafted WR Da'Rick Rogers could be taking Colts in right direction after big game

  • Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (16) runs past Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson on his way to a 69-yard touchdown after catching a pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (16) runs past Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson on his way to a 69-yard touchdown after catching a pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) breaks up a pass intended for Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (16) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) breaks up a pass intended for Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (16) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

Da'Rick Rogers's big game against Cincinnati could signal a step in the right direction for the Colts offense.

Ever since receiver Reggie Wayne went down for the season with a torn ACL, Indy has been searching for someone to take the pressure off rising star T.Y. Hilton.

The Colts turned to Rogers, a troubled player who was booted from the team at the University of Tennessee, went undrafted in April and was cut by Buffalo before the season began. In his second NFL game this past Sunday, Rogers caught six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Rogers has earned a spike in playing time. That likely will mean less action for the struggling Darrius Heyward-Bey, a high-profile offseason pickup who has disappointed.