Mario Manningham Injury: Updates on 49ers WR's Shoulder

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 2, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Mario Manningham #82 of the San Francisco 49ers runs for yards against the New Orleans Saints during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham left the team's Week 13 road game against the St. Louis Rams with a shoulder injury.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 8:15 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

The Niners will have Manningham in action for Sunday night's key NFC West showdown in Seattle against the Seahawks. Matt Maiocco of broke the news:

With 49ers WR Mario Manningham back on field after missing two games with shoulder injury rookie A.J. Jenkins goes back to inactive list.

— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) December 24, 2012

San Francisco will need all the help it can muster to pull off a second consecutive exceptional road victory, and Manningham's playmaking ability definitely helps the cause.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 3:09 p.m. ET by Rick Weiner

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham will miss Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots due to a shoulder injury, the team announced via its official Twitter account:

WR Mario Manningham has been declared out for tomorrow night's game against the Patriots.

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 15, 2012

This is the second consecutive game that Manningham has been forced to miss with the injury.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 2:33 p.m. ET

Mario Manningham (shoulder) will not play in the 49ers' contest against the Dolphins in Week 14, the team announced on Twitter

#49ers inactives: QB Tolzien, S Robinson, RB Hampton, RB Jacobs, G Looney, WR Manningham and NT Williams.

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 9, 2012

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Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported that Manningham, who notched five catches for 37 yards in the Edward Jones Dome prior to leaving the game, would be out:

Mario Manningham is out with a shoulder injury.

— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) December 2, 2012

The hard-nosed secondary of the Niners' NFC West foe has stifled the team's offense, limiting new starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a lot of underneath throws, as evidenced by Manningham's low yards-per-catch total.

Without Manningham in the fold, life will be all the more difficult for the remainder of the afternoon for the Niners.

The Super Bowl hero Manningham was the marquee name of several prized acquisitions made in the offseason to provide San Francisco with more playmakers on the outside, a move designed to complement its exceptional running game. Manningham has battled through pain all year long—including a shoulder ailment—but was still second on the team in receptions entering Week 13.

Jim Harbaugh's hard-nosed team is in the midst of yet another defensive struggle, leading 13-10 in the fourth quarter.

Check back here for updates as more details on Manningham's injury become available.