- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Carlos Rogers will likely miss his second straight playoff game in the divisional round at Carolina. Rogers, who has a hamstring injury, was not seen practicing with the 49ers on Friday morning. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said on Thursday that Rogers needed to practice if he was going to play. Rogers didn’t practice all week.
That means Cox, re-signed last week, should be the 49ers' nickel cornerback again. He played virtually the entire game at Green Bay and played well.
Cox unexpectedly leapfrogged veteran Eric Wright because he had a better week of practice last week. Fangio was complimentary of Cox’s work this week.
“Well, we expected him to play to the best of his ability, which he had,” Fangio said. “It wasn’t like we got him off the street a few days before the game started. But, he had spent a year and however many games it was here to training camp. So, he knew our system and it was an easy adjustment for him that way. But, he hadn’t played any significant playing time while he was with us and none while he was with Seattle. So, major kudos to him to go out and perform the way he did.”
Cox's job may be easier this week, because the Panthers use three-receiver sets less than the Packers.