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Harbaugh: Rogers and Wright Questionable for GB

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Jim Harbaugh announced cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Eric Wright are questionable for Sunday's playoff game in Green Bay.

Carlos Rogers is officially questionable for Sunday's NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers.

So is Eric Wright.

Both 49ers cornerbacks are dealing with hamstring injuries. Rogers told reporters he "ran on it" at Friday's practice, but added he didn't know if he could play against the Packers.

According to Jim Harbaugh, Wright returned to practice on Friday after being limited on Thursday.

Both cornerbacks will be key in San Francisco's defensive schemes against an Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay offense.

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Sunday's blistering cold weather will be an issue for both defensive backs.

Harbaugh said he's well aware of recent weather reports that predict the 49ers-Packers game to be one of the coldest playoff games ever played.

"We'll pack all our shoe options," Harbaugh quipped. "The guys will put clothes on that they'll be able to move around in and then you start playing.

"The heart-rate ramps up. The hot blood races to the arteries, to the vessels, to the capillaries and they're distributed to the fingers and the toes. In an athlete, the age and the health of these guys, that hot blood will be racing around."

Before the game, however, the 49ers will have a walk-through on Lambeau's practice fields.

There, San Francisco's personnel can get adjusted to the temperature, playing surface and a much harder football.

Harbaugh estimated that the heavier football will shorten kick-offs by 10-15 yards and will have its biggest impact on the kicking game for both teams.

"The ball and the effect it has on the game will be seen by the kickers," the 49ers coach said.

If San Francisco is victorious, the team will return to the Bay Area and not stay in Youngstown, Ohio, Harbaugh said. The 49ers had considered the option earlier in the week.

The 49ers coach also echoed the sentiments of his offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who said this week was San Francisco's best week of preparation all season.

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Most of the prep work has come to a conclusion. All that's left is a Saturday walk-through, some last minute clothing choices and then it's time for playoff football.

From the sounds of things, the 49ers will be ready for the challenge.


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