The San Francisco 49ers may need any boost they can get to beat the Seattle Seahawks, and with the NFC Championship just a few days away, the team received good news on the injury front.
Carlos Rogers hasn’t played since injuring his hamstring in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals. The cornerback didn’t even practice as he missed the team’s first two playoff games. Despite not having yet taken the field in 2014, Rogers is very confident that he’ll play on Sunday, as long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
In Rogers’s absence, Tramain Brock and Tarell Brown both saw an increase in playing time. In the playoffs, Brock and Brown responded with strong efforts, as the San Francisco defense allowed just 30 total points in two postseason wins on the road. On wild card weekend, San Francisco held Aaron Rodgers to just 177 yards through the air. The following week, the 49ers intercepted Cam Newton twice. Slowing down the Seahawks might not be easy, considering San Francisco surrendered 29 points in their one visit to Seattle.
"On defense, we can't let them come down and drive the ball," Rogers said via the team’s official website. "Offensively, we can't start with a three-and-out... because the crowd will get loud.”
On the offensive side, the 49ers are also dealing with an injury. Fullback Will Tukuafu is no guarantee to suit up in the title game. He left the contest with the Panthers because of a knee injury. According to ESPN, Tukuafu is day-to-day and there is no exact timetable for his recovery. There’s a good chance he will be a game-time decision.
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Without Tukuafu, Anthony Dixon and tight end Vance McDonald split time filling in for the fullback. Tukuafu saw his playing time increase when Bruce Miller went down for the season.
The 49ers are set to visit the Seahawks at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. They split two regular season meeting with their NFC West rivals.