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January 19, 2014
49ers pregame: Carlos Rogers, Will Tukuafu to play

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A couple of injured 49ers, cornerback Carlos Rogers and fullback Will Tukuafu, are in uniform and will play today for the 49ers. Rogers is listed as a starter at cornerback but has said that he'll play nickel cornerback today. If that's the case, Tarell Brown and Tramaine Brock will start on the outside - as has been the case in the 49ers' first two playoff games - and Rogers will enter when the Seahawks go to three wide receivers. Rogers strained his right hamstring late in the 49ers' regular-season finale against Arizona.

Cornerback Eric Wright, who lost the nickel job to Perrish Cox before the Green Bay game two weeks ago, is among the 49ers who are inactive for today's game.

Tukuafu, meanwhile, sprained his left knee after being dragged down from behind on the 49ers' opening drive a week ago. He left the game and did not return. But he practiced on a limited basis throughout the week while wearing a brace on his knee. Tukuafu had become the 49ers' fullback of choice - over Anthony Dixon - prior to his injury.

Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks missed Wednesday's practice with a head cold. But he practiced on Thursday and Friday, and he will start today.

49ers inactives:
CB Eric Wright
TE Derek Carrier
LB Nick Moody
G Ryan Seymour
DT Quinton Dial
G oe Looney
WR Jon Baldwin

Seattle inactives:
WR Percy Harvin,
RB Christine Michael
G Caylin Hauptmann
DE Benson Mayowa
DT Jordan Hill
OL Michael Bowie
LB O'Brien Schofield.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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