Mario Manningham Injury: Latest Updates on 49ers WR's Recovery from ACL Surgery
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 10:
From Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News:
Manningham and Aldon Smith are officially ACTIVE.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) November 10, 2013
Updates from Saturday, Nov. 9:
According to Pro Football Talk, Manningham is nowhere to be found on the Niners' injury list:
Manningham, the receiver who hasn’t played since tearing his ACL on December 23, is not listed on the injury report at all. If there were any possibility of his knee injury keeping him out of Sunday’s game, the 49ers would at least need to list him as probable.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee provides a statement from Mario Manningham discussing his injury and a statement from teammate Colin Kaepernick:
Manningham, who is coming back from two torn knee ligaments suffered Dec. 23, is farther along than Crabtree and is likely to play in some capacity Sunday against the Panthers. He was not listed on Wednesday's injury report and practiced in full. "The knee I had surgery on is better than the other one," he said after practice. "So I'm not thinking about that when I'm out there."
His confidence is back, and the goal now is reestablishing a connection with Colin Kaepernick. The quarterback said that shouldn't be difficult.
"He's a receiver that's easy to throw to," Kaepernick said. "So it's not going to take much time for him to get back up to speed."
Mario Manningham has been activated from the PUP list, the 49ers confirmed on the team website.
Taylor Price, the 49ers digital media coordinator, made sure to temper expectations for Manningham, at least for the time being.
Mario Manningham is not rushing back to the field, will practice in a limited role this week. "I just got cleared yesterday." #49ers— Taylor Price (@TaylorPrice49) October 16, 2013
The Press Democrat's Grant Cohn transcribed what Manningham said to reporters after his first practice:
Q: And in your mind how are you feeling with everything?
MANNINGHAM: I’m getting confident. By the time I step out there on Sunday I’ll be 100.
Q: When you say Sunday, though, you don’t know which Sunday.
MANNINGHAM: Nope. I just know it will be a Sunday. Don’t know when. I’m just trying to get my confidence back, stay right upstairs. You can get caught up in not playing. I’m just trying to keep my attitude positive. Just trying to stay in tune with what the team is doing. It’s hard to be in the meetings when you’re not involved, but I’m just trying to get back and in sync and everything.
Returning a healthy Manningham to the field would be a huge boost for San Francisco. Ever since Michael Crabtree's injury before the season, the weapons at Colin Kaepernick's disposal have been limited.
In 12 games with the team last season, Manningham had 42 receptions for 449 yards and a touchdown. While he's not an elite wideout, he could at least bring some experience and stability to San Francisco's receiving corps.
After a shaky start to the season, the 49ers have righted the ship and are once again in a battle with the Seahawks for the NFC West title. Getting a healthy Manningham back would continue that positive run.
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