Carlos Rogers said he's making progress from his Dec. 29 hamstring strain, but he missed his second practice of the week today and it seems unlikely that he will play Sunday against the Panthers. Rogers said he began sprinting at 10- and 20-yard intervals on Wednesday.
"If I can continue to (ramp) that up to further yards and I can continue to go, I'm going to go," he said. "And if I can't do that, I don't want to set it back. Because if I tear it again, I'm done for the rest of the season for sure."
Earlier in the day defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said that Rogers would have have to practice at least some this week to play against the Panthers. If Rogers can't play as expected, the cornerback lineup would be the same as it was against Green Bay - with Tarell Brown and Tramaine Brock starting and Perrish Cox playing the nickel position.
Asked why Cox, and not Eric Wright, got the call in Green Bay, Fangio had a blunt answer: "Perrish had a better week of preparation," he said. Wright suffered a mild hamstring strain last week, but he was healthy enough to play in Sunday's game and is not on the injury report this week.
Rogers, who has never dealt with a hamstring strain in his career, said he didn't think there would be a scenario in which he would play solely in nickel situations in the upcoming game.
"If I come back, I'm coming," he said. "I'm not coming back to play nickel or play a few snaps. Because if that's the case I'm not healthy. And you would rather have some of the cornerbacks who are healthy playing instead of me."
In other injury news, the three other players - defensive linemen Justin Smith and Demarcus Dobbs and center Jonathan Goodwin - who missed Wednesday's practice were back on the field today.
-- Matt Barrows