Leading up to the San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship game on Sunday, there are two players Niners fans should be watching because of injuries: Cornerback Carlos Rogers and fullback Will Tukuafu
Rogers, who has not played in San Francisco’s two playoff wins, is trying to get back on the field after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 17. Just like the past two weeks, Wednesday will be an important day for Rogers to determine if he will be available for the contest against the Seahawks. The cornerback has not practiced at all since he suffered the injury. If Rogers is on the practice field Wednesday that ups his chances of him being available in the NFC title game. Should he not practice all week, we can expect to see Perrish Cox taking over for him again as the nickel cornerback.
Will Tukuafu day-to-day
At Jim Harbaugh’s press-conference on Monday, the 49ers head coach said fullback Will Tukuafu is day-to-day with a knee injury. Tukuafu was forced out of the game against the Carolina Panthers after he was tackled awkwardly by cornerback Captain Munnerlyn after catching a pass. At the time of the tackle, it looked as if Tukuafu suffered a serious injury. However, he was able to walk off the field with the 49ers medical staff after the tackle. He did not return to the game.
Harbaugh said Tukuafu had an MRI on Monday and that he was “encouraged with how he’s moving around.”
The Niners are already without their starting fullback, Bruce Miller, who was placed on injured reserve on December 18 with a broken scapula. That same day, San Francisco re-signed Tukuafu to take his roster spot. Since Tukuafu re-signed with the team, he was sharing playing time with Anthony Dixon at fullback. Should he not be available on Sunday, tight end Vance McDonald will take over, like he did against the Panthers.