49ers’ CB Rogers still not practicing, time running short

Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers’ cornerback Carlos Rogers missed last week’s thrilling 23-20 Wild Card playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field with a hamstring injury.

The 9th-year defensive back out of Auburn still hasn’t practiced this week and unless he does, he won’t play against the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round, either, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, via the San Jose Mercury News.

“He’s still hurt a little bit but he’s much better than he was last week,” Fangio said.

San Francisco limited Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers to 177 passing yards with backup Tarrell Brown getting many of Rogers’ snaps – an improvement from the 348 yards they gave up to Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan and the 407 they gave up to Cardinals’ signal caller Carson Palmer in their previous two games – but having all-hands-on-deck as they progress further in the playoffs would undoubtedly be ideal.

“It just depends how the week goes,” Rogers said. “I’ve been running since Monday, but you got to run, stop and burst back to your speed. It’s totally different than a lineman having a hamstring (injury).”

While Carolina ranks just 29th in passing yards, quarterback Cam Newton is more than capable of putting together a stellar performance through the air.  If Rogers is unable to see any action, expect Brown and the recently reacquired Perrish Cox to try to combat that scenario, again.

Topics: Carlos Rogers, Carolina Panthers, NFL, Perrish Cox, San Francisco 49ers, Tarrell Brown

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