The San Francisco 49ers were without cornerback Carlos Rogers this past weekend in their playoff opener against the Green Bay Packers. Rogers suffered a hamstring strain against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17, and missed practice all last week. He was listed as questionable but was inactive on Sunday. Perrish Cox got the start in his place as the nickel cornerback, while Eric Wright was left to some special teams work.
49ers players were available to the media on Tuesday, the day before they return to their full practice sessions. He provided an update on his situation:
The 49ers will hit the practice field Wednesday, and we'll get our first practice participation report later that afternoon. Rogers needs to get some practice sessions in this week if he wants to play against the Panthers. Carolina's receiver corps is not quite on the level of the Packers, but they are still dangerous. They are likely to roll out Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and old friend Ted Ginn Jr. And of course they mix in Greg Olsen in a whole variety of ways.
The 49ers won't be in their nickel nearly as much as they were against the Packers. In Week 10, the 49ers went to the nickel a little over one-third of the time. Against the Packers, they were in nickel almost the entire game. And yet, it would still be nice to get Rogers back in the lineup. He has his flaws, but he is still a better cornerback than Perrish Cox. I'm still not sure what the plan is with Eric Wright, and he doesn't know much either:
Eric Wright on why he got leapfrogged on the #49ers CB depth chart: "I don't know. It's something I think you have to ask somebody else."— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) January 8, 2014
We'll see what the coming week brings with this whole situation in the upcoming episode of.....as the cornerback turns!
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