Mario Manningham: Updates on 49ers WR's Knee

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Mario Manningham: Updates on 49ers WR's Knee
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Mario Manningham suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of the San Francisco 49ers game versus the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night.

UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 24 at 8:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

49ers fans hoping for good news regarding Mario Manningham's injury did not receive their wish. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the following via Twitter: 

Manningham will end the year with 42 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown. 

---End of Update---

The 49ers confirmed his status via Twitter:

San Jose Mercury News reporter Tim Kawakami added this:

He only had one catch for zero yards on the night, but the injury still hurts San Francisco's passing offense.

Manningham entered the game with 41 catches, 449 yards and one touchdown since coming over from the New York Giants before the season. He doesn't bring the vertical threat that Randy Moss does to the lineup, but he works very well underneath the coverage.

His quick feet and consistent hands make Manningham a viable option in the slot, especially with Michael Crabtree's emergence on the outside.

Manningham makes San Francisco's offense more versatile because of his agility. Moss and Crabtree don't bring that to the fold.

With Manningham out for the rest of the game, Ted Ginn is going to see more throws coming his way. Rookie A.J. Jenkins wasn't dressed for Sunday night's game, but you can bet that he will be in Week 17 if this injury winds up being serious.

Based on the play, it didn't look pretty. Manningham's leg got trapped underneath Seattle defenders, and he was in obvious pain after fumbling the football.

He was able to put some weight on his knee, but that doesn't always mean that the injury isn't severe.

With one more game remaining on the regular-season slate, it will be interesting to see Manningham's status throughout the week.

Stay tuned.

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