Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers wide receivers will face a different-looking 49ers secondary on Sunday than the one they went up against in Week 1.
Starting cornerback Carlos Rogers’ status remains up in the air due to a right hamstring strain, but Rogers sounded optimistic about his ability to play Sunday in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field.
"We'll see. It ain't bad," Rogers said via the Bay Area News Group and Sacramento Bee on Tuesday.
When asked if he was ruling himself out, Rogers responded, “Oh no. Hell no.”
Rogers hobbled off the field late in the 49ers' regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals with a hamstring strain. Even if Rogers is on the field Sunday, there will be some changes in the 49ers' defensive back from Week 1. Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdown that day in the 49ers’ 34-28 victory at Candlestick Park.
Tarell Brown, who played all 62 snaps along with Rogers, exited the starting lineup with internal ribs injuries he sustained Nov. 17 at New Orleans. Tramaine Brock started the final six games of the regular season.
Nnamdi Asomugha was the 49ers’ third cornerback to open the season. He played 92 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps against the Packers. Perrish Cox was the 49ers’ dime back, and he played 21 percent of the snaps.
Asomugha was released earlier this season, and he has since retired as a member of the Raiders. Cox was released last month and re-signed with the 49ers on Monday after playing two games with the Seattle Seahawks.
If Rogers is unable to play, Brock and Brown are expected to start with veteran Eric Wright entering in nickel situations to cover the slot receiver.
Wright, a seven-year veteran, has appeared in the past seven games after opening the season on the reserve/non-football illness list.