San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers has missed two playoff games after suffering a hamstring injury in the last game of the regular season. Rogers hasn’t practiced since sustaining the injury but there are some signs he’ll be making a return for the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
On Tuesday, he was able to sprint for more than 20 yards (the most since the injury) and was walking without a limp.
“I think I’m going (to play),” Rogers said Tuesday. “You know, it depends on how practice goes. No setbacks and I’ll be out there.”
Even if he’s able to play, he may not start at the position. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has made it clear he’d prefer to have a healthy backup playing than an injured starter. He also said last week that Rogers would have to practice to play. Oddsmakers are favoring the Seahawks by -3.5 points over the Niners with the point total set at 39 points
Tramaine Brock is playing at Rogers’s left cornerback spot while Tarell Brown has moved back to right corner. Backup Perrish Cox filled in for Rogers in the nickel position against Green Bay and Carolina.
Because of the big stage and his improvement, it’s likely he plays at least some on Sunday, even if he’s not out there the entire time.
ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson and Seahawks reporter Terry Blount deliver the latest storylines as San Francisco prepares to face Seattle in the NFC Championship game.