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SANTA CLARA -- Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said on Thursday that 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers must practice this week in order to be available for Sunday's playoff game against the Carolina Panthers.
Rogers' chances of playing in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs appear to be in serious doubt after he did not take part in Thursday's practice. Rogers was on the field for light stretching. He then went to a nearby field to work exclusively with Mark Uyeyama, the 49ers' strength and conditioning coach, on rehabbing his strained right hamstring. Rogers sustained the injury Dec. 29 in the 49ers' regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
Rogers said he began running 10- and 20-yard sprints this week, but he said it would not be wise to be too aggressive. After all, Tarell Brown, Tramaine Brock and nickel Perrish Cox played well as the starting cornerbacks in the 49ers' 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers held Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to just 177 yards passing.
"If I pull it again, I'd be done for the season, for sure," Rodgers said.