San Francisco 49ers get good news with return of cornerback Carlos Rogers, recovery of fullback Will Tukuafu questionable
Since he had the injury, Rodgers was unable to be a part of the 49ers when the team played their playoff games. While the 49ers faced off against the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers, he was resting to mend his hamstring injury.
On Wednesday during the practice session Rodgers ran down the field and jumped to receive a high pass. His landing was somewhat off balance and poor in execution but he did not show that the injury was bothering him. Chances are that it could just be a little rust owing to staying out of the game for a while. The 49ers would only risk getting him back into practice and have him actively participate if he was fully healed.
49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had already clarified the point that they would most definitely not rush Rodgers into any game unless he had fully healed and the most reliable way to determine that fact was to test him in practice and grade his performance. From the way he played it seemed that he had recovered well from the hamstring injury and only needs practice time to get back in the game. As the 49ers head into the NFC Championship Game scheduled on Sunday, chances are now very likely that he will play the game as his recovery is promising.
The 49ers still have to deal with their fullback Will Tukuafu who has yet to recover enough to be a part of full team active practice and drills. Tukuafu still had the brace on his left knee and while the team practiced he worked with a team trainer on the other field. Tukuafu sustained his injury the previous Monday when the 49ers faced Carolina Panthers. He left the game early and was unable to return.
On Monday an MRI was conducted on his left knee to determine the extent of injury but the medical report and status of Tukuafu has yet to be announced officially to the public. In case he does not make it for the Sunday game against Panthers then it is probable the 49ers will choose to play tight end Vance McDonald or Anthony Dixon as the replacement fullback.