Perrish Cox takes on big job in return to 49ers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2014 at 3:13 am •  Published: January 10, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nobody could blame Perrish Cox for confusing his uniform, defensive schemes or even what state he's in these days. It's been a constant switcheroo.

In a whirlwind two months, the third-year cornerback has gone from San Francisco, to playing for Seattle and back to the 49ers — participating in all but one defensive snap in a 23-20 wild-card playoff win at Green Bay last week.

In the middle of the moving and change, he welcomed a baby girl just after Thanksgiving.

"I tell everybody it's been the craziest two months of my life," Cox said. "Back and forth to Seattle, I had my little girl Nov. 29. That Friday when I got released, my agent had called me and told me they had already contacted me right after I came across the waivers. I knew I was coming back before anybody else did. I had no clue I was playing that much, though."

Cox earned it with an impressive week of practice. He hopes to play a big part again in the NFC divisional playoffs Sunday at Carolina.

"We expected him to play to the best of his ability, which he has," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday. "Yeah, we got him off the street a few days before the game but he had spent the year and however many games here, two training camps, 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 when he was with Seattle. Major kudos to him to go out and perform the way he did."

The 49ers used their nickel defensive package for about a third of the game against the Panthers in a 10-9 loss on Nov. 10, so Cox is unlikely to play nearly as much this Sunday. And the Niners (13-4) are hoping for the return of Carlos Rogers, who missed Sunday's victory against the Packers with a strained right hamstring.

Eric Wright also was listed with a hamstring injury, but he said he was healthy enough to play and it wasn't his decision after he expected to play the nickel.

Rogers said Thursday he is improving each day. While he began sprinting short distances Wednesday, he has yet to test the hamstring cutting side to side.

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