The San Francisco 49ers have been hit hard this year with the injury bug. Fortunately this week Jim Harbaugh expects four players to return to practice on Tuesday. Mario Manningham, as well as rookies Quinton Dial, Tank Carradine, and veteran cornerback Eric Wright are all slated to return to action this week.
Manningham has been sidelined since Dec. 23 against the Seahawks after he suffered a brutal torn knee ligament. The 6 year veteran was the second leading receiver on the team last year and will be an instant spark plug to the passing game. The 49ers have lacked a consistent #3 receiver this year and a majority of the targets have gone to Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.
Davis had a monster game against the Arizona Cardinals and established himself as the main target after accumulating 8 catches for a career best 180 yards and 2 TD’s. If Manningham proves to be at 100% this coming week it will help alleviate the pressure on Davis and give Colin Kaepernick another deep threat.
The D-line has been banged up lately and could use the return of Dial and Carradine. Starting nose tackle Ian Williams went down with a season ending ankle injury and his replacement, Glenn Dorsey, went down on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals with an apparent hamstring injury. His status is uncertain for next week. The 49ers love to rotate their D-lineman, so Dial and Carradine could get a significant amount of playing time should Dorsey be sidelined.
Eric Wright, an 8 year veteran who was signed on August 8th was on a 19 day hiatus from what GM Trent Baalke called a “personal matter.” He faces an uphill climb to make the roster right now with Nnamdi Asomugha and Darryl Morris ahead of him on the depth chart for the #4 corner spot.
The 49ers face the Tennessee Titans next Sunday 4:05 PM ET at LP field in Nashville, US