The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks won some fairly physical divisional round contests this past weekend, and will each have their share of injury news to consider this week. The teams will hit the practice field for full practice sessions Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We'll get practice participation reports each day, but in the meantime, I thought it would help to provide a basic rundown of where each team stands heading into the week.
First off, here were the final injury reports and game day inactive report for last week's divisional games.
49ers vs. Panthers
Questionable: CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring), LB Dan Skuta (foot)
The most notable injuries from Sunday belonged to Will Tukuafu and Michael Crabtree. Tukuafu suffered a knee sprain on his third snap. He left the game and never returned. On Monday, Jim Harbaugh said Tukuafu was undergoing some tests, which he believed included an MRI. Harbaugh side Tukuafu was moving around fairly well. My initial guess is that he misses Sunday's game, but the three days of practice will tell us more. Anthony Dixon would likely be the starting fullback in his place, but against the Panthers, the 49ers used Vance McDonald a decent amount in that role.
Michael Crabtree suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury on the second play of the game. Colin Kaepernick threw a short pass to him. Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn got hold of him to drag him down and brought him down hard on his shoulder. Crabtree left the game briefly and the first camera shot of him on the sideline showed someone adjusting his pads. He made a huge 20-yard catch on the go-ahead touchdown drive, but otherwise was kept fairly silent. We'll see if he shows up on the injury report this week.
Carlos Rogers was inactive for the second straight week, and has not practiced since Week 17. If Rogers does not get on the practice field this week, he does not play on Sunday. He has said he thinks one more strain of the hamstring, and his season is done. Does he save it up in hopes of the 49ers making the Super Bowl? Or does he give it a go against Seattle in order to try and get the 49ers into the Super Bowl?
Seahawks vs. Saints
Game-day Inactives: WR Bryan Walters, RB Christine Michael, LB KJ Wright, OT Caylin Hauptmann, OG James Carpenter, DE Benson Mayowa and DT Jordan Hill.
Out: LB K.J. Wright (foot)
Doubtful: DT Jordan Hill (groin)
Questionable: S Chris Maragos (back)
Percy Harvin is the big name. He took a pair of sizable hits, resulting in concussion tests on both. The first hit occurred on the second pass in his direction. He went down hard, and then went back for the concussion test. He came back out within about ten or so minutes and was back on the field. He then took a big hit late in the half, left again, and was ruled out following the concussion test.
Pete Carroll was asked about Harvin on Monday, and he said the team would not know his status until later in the week. This is not a surprise answer given that Harvin must go through the concussion protocol. We'll get daily updates, but unless he is a DNP all week, this will likely end up as a game-time decision.
K.J. Wright was inactive for the game, as he has been since breaking his foot in the last 49ers-Seahawks game. On Monday, Pete Carroll said Wright "has a chance" of playing this week. Much like Rogers, it will depend in large part on if Wright can get back on the practice field.
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