San Francisco 49ers veteran cornerback Carlos Rogers suffered a hamstring injury on the final drive of the team’s win over the Arizona Cardinals yesterday, and the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows reports that Rogers will undergo an MRI today to check up on his knee. The 49ers will have to face the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round, and they’ll be hoping for a repeat of last year’s playoff performance against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. But because of Rodgers, the Packers are always a big challenge, even for the 49ers top-flight defense that features players like Rogers, Justin Smith, and Patrick Willis (just to name three).
The good news is that Rogers doesn’t believe that his hamstring injury is serious, and it sounds like the 49ers are simply having him undergo an MRI as a precaution before a playoff game. That said, it’s tough to project hamstring injuries early on, especially when they happen to veteran players who play positions that are predicated on speed.
At 32, Rogers is still going strong, and he has two interceptions and eight passes defended this season. He’ll have to be at his best against the Packers, because they love to mix in talented wide receivers into the slot to try and create mis-matches against nickel corners and other players underneath. Rogers’s health is key, so hopefully there is indeed nothing amiss.