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SANTA CLARA – 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said Tuesday that he’s on track to practice during the week and play Sunday’s NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks.
Fullback Will Tukuafu wasn’t as direct, but said he’s “preparing to play” after suffering a knee injury in an NFC divisional round win at Carolina.
Those two players will be closely monitored as game day approaches. That’s especially true of Rogers, a slot corner who hasn’t practiced since suffering a hamstring strain in the Dec. 29 season finale against Arizona.
“We’ll see how practice goes as I work in throughout the week,” Rogers said. “If there are no setbacks, I should be there.”
If Rogers is able to return, it’s uncertain exactly how he’ll fit into a secondary that’s played well with Tramaine Brock, Terrell Brown and slot corner Perrish Cox.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday he was encouraged by how well Tukuafu was moving around. The 293-pound bruiser wouldn’t disclose results of an MRI on his knee taken Monday morning, but said he’s responded well to an injury suffered when a Carolina defender landed on his lower leg.
“I’m preparing to play,” he said. “We'll (monitor) it day to day, but I’m preparing to play. I’m here and I’m working.”
The 49ers’ first formal practice of the week takes place on Wednesday.