|Rogers, Tukuafu Day-to-Day|
by Chris Biderman of NinersDigest.com, January 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm ET
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Carlos Rogers (hamstring) and Will Tukuafu (knee) are day-to-day with their injuries and hope to play Sunday in the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks, they each said Tuesday.
Rogers told reporters that he's on track to play for the first time since straining his right hamstring in Week 17 against Arizona barring any setbacks in practice this week. But he will have to practice well in order to reclaim his starting job on the league's third-ranked scoring defense. The 49ers have limited Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton effectively without Rogers, who hasn't practiced in two weeks.
Perrish Cox has replaced Rogers as the team's nickel corner in the team's first two playoff games and played well, allowing three catches on six targets.
Tukuafu was injured Sunday in Carolina when a defender rolled up on his left leg on just his third snap of the game. The former defensive lineman has played well as Frank Gore's lead blocker since taking over for the injured Bruce Miller Week 16.
"I'm preparing to play. I'm here, you know what I mean? So if I wasn't going to play, I wouldn't be here," Tukuafu said Tuesday, declining to offer specifics of his injury, including the results of his MRI from Monday.
If Tukuafu can't play, his job will likely be filled by a combination of Anthony Dixon and Vance McDonald. The 49ers have been using McDonald as an H-back in a similar way they used Delanie Walker since Miller went down with a broken scapula.