Three and Out: Roman's plan, Kap's contract, hamstrung at CB
If Eric Wright is unavailable, Perrish Cox will match up against the Packers’ slot receiver, often either Randall Cobb or Jordy Nelson. (USATSI)
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SANTA CLARA – As Carlos Rogers left the 49ers’ practice facility on Thursday evening, he appeared to be walking without any noticeable difficulty.
He was walking, though. He still had not tried to run after sustaining a right hamstring strain late in the 49ers' regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
Rogers did some light jogging during rehab work on a side field Thursday while his teammates practiced. Rogers said he was not sure if he will be able to play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field -- in what is expected to be one of the coldest games in NFL history.
And the 49ers might not have the services of the player who would fill in as the No. 3 cornerback, either.
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Cornerback Eric Wright, in line to take Rogers’ spot covering the slot receiver, was seen hobbling after practice with a hamstring injury of his own. Wright might not be available for Sunday’s game.
As it turned out, the Seattle Seahawks did the 49ers a major favor a week ago when they released Perrish Cox to make room for cornerback Walter Thurmond, who returned from a four-game suspension. The 49ers re-signed Cox on Monday.
Before Wright was activated off the reserve/non-football illness list in November, Cox served as the 49ers’ backup nickel back. He could find himself back in that role on Sunday and playing most of the game against the Packers, who use three-receiver sets most of the time.
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If Rogers is unavailable, Tramaine Brock and Tarell Brown will start at the cornerback positions. If Wright is unavailable, Cox will match up against the Packers’ slot receiver, often either Randall Cobb or Jordy Nelson. Rookie Darryl Morris is the only other cornerback on the 49ers’ roster.