Just when the San Francisco 49ers were starting to get healthy it was announced that they will have to compete for the rest of the season without wide receiver Mario Manningham.
The team's official Twitter account reported that the veteran will be placed on injured reserve:
Head coach Jim Harbaugh did not seem optimistic about Manningham's condition, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group:
Harbaugh on #49ers Manningham knee: "He'll consult w/ Drs and do what's in best interest of his career." Sounds ominous. Left warmups ystdy— Cam Inman (@CamInman) December 27, 2013
Now it appears that the impending free agent has likely played his last snap for the 49ers, according to Bill Williamson of ESPN:
There it is. Manningham done for year. He’s a free agent. Don’t expect the #49ers to put a big priority on bringing him back.— Bill Williamson (@BWilliamsonESPN) December 27, 2013
Manningham was on his way to a solid season in 2012 before ending his season with a torn ACL in Week 16. The 27-year-old receiver returned to action in Week 10 of 2013, but he never truly had an impact on the offense while continuing to deal with injuries.
In six total games, he finished with only nine catches for 85 yards and zero touchdowns. In the last three appearances, he only had a single catch for two yards.
After coming over from the New York Giants in free agency, Manningham never lived up to expectations.
Going forward, the 49ers will rely on starting receivers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, as well as tight end Vernon Davis. Rookie receiver Quinton Patton will likely become the No. 3 receiver despite only having one catch for zero receiving yards in his career.
San Francisco has already clinched a spot in the postseason, but the squad will face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 to battle for playoff seeding.
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