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Carlos Rogers Plans on Playing against Seahawks

Posted Jan 14, 2014

The 49ers cornerback has missed two straight games with a hamstring injury, but he has high hopes of starting in the NFC title game.

Tramaine Brock and Tarell Brown have stepped up in his absence, but Carlos Rogers is still very much needed in the 49ers secondary.

San Francisco's veteran cornerback, who missed the team's first two playoff games because of a hamstring injury suffered in Week 17 at Arizona, said on Tuesday that, barring a setback this week, he expected to suit up for Sunday's NFC Championship game.

In his absence at Green Bay in the Wild Card round and at Carolina in the Divisional round, Brock and Brown started outside against two-receiver sets, while reserve Perrish Cox came in to cover the slot.

Like the Packers, the Seahawks figure to feature many three-wide receiver formations. 

In the 49ers 19-17 Week 14 win over their NFC West rival, Rogers and Co. made sure no Seahawks wideout broke out for big gains.

To prove to coaches he's ready for a repeat performance, Rogers will need to a participant at practice, when sessions get going Wednesday.

But he spoke on Tuesday as if he will be playing.

"On defense, we can't let them come down and drive the ball," Rogers said. "Offensively, we can't start with a three-and-out... because the crowd will get loud.

"We got to come out fast, strike fast and counteract what they're going to come with and be on top at the end."

Rogers has allowed himself to think big-picture, too. The nine-year vet went to the NFC title game with the 49ers in 2011, to the Super Bowl in 2012 and hopes to complete the one-at-a-time ladder this year.

"We'll take that mindset," Rogers said not long after the team reviewed film of Arizona's revealing Week 16 win at Seattle. "That's their goal, too. We're one game away, have a good practice and get ready to go."

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