Harbaugh: Practice to determine roles for 49ers cornerbacks

Harbaugh: Rogers status to be 'determined on the practice field'

Harbaugh: Practice to determine roles for 49ers cornerbacks
January 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Perrish Cox played 20 of the 49ers' 56 defensive snaps against the Panthers as Carlos Rogers missed his second game. (USATSI)

SANTA CLARA -- Before the 49ers compete against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday for the NFC Championship, there will be competition on the practice field this week.

Four cornerbacks will practice this week with their roles for Sunday’s game at stake, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said on Wednesday.

Veteran cornerback Carlos Rogers, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring strain, could return to practice Wednesday in a limited role. But will he get back his old job?

“There’s a subset of questions other than the question, ‘Will Carlos start if he’s ready to play?’” Harbaugh said.

“That’ll be determined on the practice field.”

Tramaine Brock and Tarell Brown started the 49ers’ two playoff games with Perrish Cox entering in the role of the nickel back. Before Rogers was injured, he started every game at cornerback since coming to the 49ers in 2011. Then, he shifted to the nickel back position to cover the slot receiver in passing situations.

“We’ll practice and the players we feel will give us the best opportunity in those situations -- nickel, dime, base -- will play in there,” Harbaugh said.

In essence, Cox and Rogers will compete in practices to determine which player lines up against Seahawks slot receiver Percy Harvin, assuming Harvin gets cleared to play after sustaining a concussion last week.

[RELATED: Harvin takes concussion tests, still questionable]