“We have to go in, not turn the ball over and start fast… Once the rah-rah settles down and they have to play football like they did when they came here, you’ll see a difference."
“I’m playing,” the nine-year veteran said point-blank when asked about the status of his injured hamstring.
Rogers had a streak of 53 consecutive starts for the 49ers snapped before the team’s Wild Card win over the Green Bay Packers. Rogers suffered his injury in Week 17 and it also kept him out of last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
Rogers, however, has practiced on a limited basis this week and has done more each day he’s been out on the practice field.
The Seahawks, too, were monitoring the health of one of their key veterans. Wide receiver Percy Harvin suffered a concussion in Seattle’s Divisional Playoff win over the New Orleans Saints, but is now officially ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Pete Carroll made the announcement on Friday.
As for Rogers’ progress, the veteran cornerback said he’s not going to start in base personnel but will line up as San Francisco’s nickel coverages. Rogers would have matched up with Harvin. Now, the Seahawks will be without his services.
Rogers also commented on the unique rivalry between the two NFC West teams.
“Those guys want to be where we’ve been,” Rogers said. “Our mind is focused on something we got a taste on last year which is the Super Bowl. We’re seeking something we haven’t gotten either.”
Despite losing their last two road games in Seattle, Roger sounded confident about the 49ers winning the rubber match.
He recalled what it was like in Week 2, the last road loss against the Seahawks.
“It was 5-0 late in the third quarter,” Rogers began. “You didn’t hear all the trash-talking and the rah-rah on the sideline. Soon as they went up and went up again it was all that talking and dancing with the cheerleaders.