The San Francisco 49ers finally received some good news this week regarding one of their injured wide receivers. Mario Manningham, who tore his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee last season, is recovering well and has started running and making cuts on the field.
With the devastating news this week that Michael Crabtree will likely be out at least for six months because of a torn Achilles, hearing that Manningham has started running was encouraging. The offense will need Manningham now more than ever as Jim Harbaugh looks for the next person on the depth chart to step up to replace Crabtree.
Manningham was injured late last season before going on injured reserve. The irony here is that after Manningham went down, Crabtree stepped up to become the offenses playmaker on the outside. Now the roles are reversed with Manningham, if he recovers to 100%, possibly becoming the playmaker on the perimeter again.
Before Manningham went down with his injuries, he posted 42 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown. He also dealt with shoulder injuries early last season which caused him to miss the game in Week 7. The wide receiver has shown dedication in his recovery as he has been rehabbing all offseason at 49ers headquarters. This allows the Niners medical personnel to monitor his recovery up-close and make sure he returns to the field at 100% sooner, rather than later.
There is no timetable as to when he will be able to rejoin the team on the practice field.
Manningham on his rehab:
I have started and running cutting and doing little things. When you have knee injuries, you can’t really take any time off. Every time I think about it, I’m trying to do something with my knee. I’m not rushing it but I am going hard on my knee.