Cornerback Carlos Rogers, who is nursing a hamstring injury, was not on the field at the San Francisco 49ers’ practice on Wednesday. Rogers missed the wild card playoff win over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday because of the injury.
Rogers originally suffered the hamstring injury in the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. On Tuesday, he was hopeful he would be available for the playoff game against the Carolina Panthers this weekend.
One good sign for Rogers to return is he resumed running this week to test the strength of the hamstring and did not have any setbacks. The cornerback did not practice at all last week and he was ruled inactive about an hour before kickoff in Green Bay. He will likely remain a game-time decision on whether or not he will play. If he does not participate at practice all week, you can count on him sitting for the second straight game.
At Jim Harbaugh’s press conference on Wednesday, the Niners head coach was asked about Rogers. Harbaugh said the team overall was healthy, but that Rogers is still healing.
Having Rogers on the field gives the 49ers defense an experienced veteran at cornerback. However, if he cannot go against Carolina, the Niners defense is in good hands with Tramaine Brock and Perrish Cox. Last week, Brock started in place of Rogers while Cox filled in at nickel cornerback. Both played well against Green Bay’s receiving corps.
Cox re-signed with the team only last week, so it was a little surprising seeing him play all but one defensive snap in the wild card win. Although he was with the 49ers last season and earlier this season, before being waived on Nov. 12, he played mostly in the defenses dime packages. Eric Wright was expected to take over as the nickel cornerback against the Packers, instead of Cox, but he was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury suffered in practice. Even though Wright said he was “ready to play” against the Packers, Harbaugh likely went with the healthier Cox because of the frigid weather. Wright was on the field for only five snaps, all on special teams.