SANTA CLARA -- After missing practice Friday, it appears unlikely that starting cornerback Carlos Rogers will play against the Carolina Panthers in the 49ers NFC Divisional Playoff game.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday that Rogers needed to practice at some point before the 49ers game against the Panthers on Sunday. Rogers missed all three practices this week as a result of a hamstring injury he suffered in the 49ers regular-season finale.

Rogers also missed all of the 49ers practices in the run up to their playoffs wild-card game against the Green Bay Packers, and he wasn't activated for the game.

Rogers was on the practice field Friday, but he worked with a trainer on a field adjacent to where his teammates went through a light practice.

When the status report gets released later Friday, Rogers likely will be listed as questionable.

Tarell Brown figures to start in place of Rogers for the second straight game. Perrish Cox, in turn, can expect significant playing time as an extra defensive back.

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