Mario Manningham: Updates on 49ers WR's Knee

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 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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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: 

More brutal injuries: 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham tore his ACL and PCL Sunday night vs. Seattle. Done for season.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 25, 2012

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

---End of Update---

 

The 49ers confirmed his status via Twitter:

Mario Manningham (knee) is out for the rest of the game.

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 24, 2012

San Jose Mercury News reporter Tim Kawakami added this:

Manningham was helped to the sideline, but now he's being carted from there to the locker room. Still was putting some weight on knee.

— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) December 24, 2012

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.