The San Francisco 49ers may be getting Carlos Rogers back for Sunday’s NFC title game. Even if they don’t really need him.
Rogers has missed both playoff games with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 17 against the Cardinals. He was questionable for the wild-card round and the divisional playoff, but he played in neither game.
Rogers also hadn’t practiced. This week, he has — participating every day on a limited basis. (It’s unclear what “limited” precisely means; the options are only “limited” and “full”.)
In his absence, Tramaine Brock, Tarell Brown, and nickel corner Perrish Cox (who jumped past Eric Wright on the depth chart) have been thriving. So if Rogers can play, it’ll be interesting to see how much he’s used.
Also questionable for Sunday is fullback Will Tukuafu, who suffered a knee injury early in Sunday’s win over Carolina.
Several other players are probable, which means there’s a virtual certainty they’ll be available for normal duty: linebacker Navorro Bowman (wrist), linebacker Ahmad Brooks (illness), receiver Michael Crabtree (wrist), defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (knee, shoulder), center Jonathan Goodwin (foot), running back Frank Gore (knee), linebacker Dan Skuta (foot), and defensive tackle Justin Smith (shoulder).
If you hadn’t heard, the 49ers travel to Seattle on Sunday. The winner earns the right to fly cross-country and play outdoors in New Jersey on Groundhog’s Day.