San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown, out since Nov. 17 with a rib injury, was on the practice field Thursday, but not a full participant.
According to CSNBayArea.com, Brown was not in uniform. He did participate in some individual work, such as backpedaling and catching passes with the rest of the defensive backs. According to the report, he looked to be in a little pain while going through the drills.
Brown isn’t likely to play Sunday when the 49ers host the St. Louis Rams, with Tramaine Brock scheduled to make his second start of the year.
For Brock, this is something of an audition as well. He just signed a four-year, $14 million extension, a contract that leads many to conclude Brock is being considered for a role as a starter in 2014.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Brock has a chance to remain in the lineup even after Brown is ready to return.
“Does he have the opportunity, the license to do that?” Harbaugh said. “Sure.”
On Monday, Washington receivers caught all five passes thrown Brock’s way, but only gained 35 yards.
Harbaugh said he thought Brock looked like a starting NFL cornerback on Monday night.
“I thought he did,” Harbaugh said. “I thought he played very good in his first start.”
Carlos Rogers appears to be the most likely 49er cornerback to be replaced for next season. Rogers will be 33 by the time camp starts next summer and he’s scheduled to take up more than $8 million in cap space for 2014. Cutting Rogers would free up more than $5 million under the cap.