In recent weeks, one of the intriguing storylines for the San Francisco 49ers has been who is and who isn’t on the team’s injury report.
Case in point, quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Niners quarterback has been listed on the injury report the past two weeks with a foot injury. However, there was not much explanation about the Kap’s injury other than Jim Harbaugh saying last week, “He’s on the report…any type of ailment, injury, however you define it, has got to be on the injury report.”
Finally, this week Kaepernick was asked about being listed as probable for two straight games and what exactly is his foot ailment. Responding to the questions, Kap pulled a page from Harbaugh’s playbook on dealing with the media: Don’t give away too much information and be curt with your responses.
Here is a back-and-forth between Kaepernick and members of the Bay Area media:
Reporter: “Colin, you’ve been on the injury report with a foot condition, what is the issue and has it impacted you whatsoever?”
Kaepernick: “A hangnail.”
Reporter: “So, it hasn’t hampered you?”
Reporter: “It just hurts?”
Kaepernick: “A little bit.”
Reporter: “Can we ask what toe you had you hangnail on?”
Kaepernick: “Um, pinkie toe.”
Reporter: “Right or left foot?”
Kaepernick: “Um, both.”
Ha, classic. The good thing for Niner fans is Kaepernick has been a full participant at practice since being listed on the injury report and he has not missed any game time on the field because of the toe. It will be interesting to see if Colin is listed again this week.
Mario Manningham Practicing
Wide receiver Mario Manningham was back on the practice field for the first time in the 2013 season. On Tuesday, Manningham was seen on the practice field with other players doing a walk-through. However, the receiver and 49ers coaching staff don’t have a timetable for him to return. It is unlikely he will play against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Manningham tore his knee ligaments in Week 16 of last season. Since then, the 49ers have missed him badly as the offense is in need of a No. 2 and No. 3 receiver. He was the second-leading receiver for San Francisco in 2012, recording 42 receptions for 449 receiving yards.
According to Manningham, he is “Just taking it day-by-day, seeing how it goes.” He is able to run routes and catch passes, but he is being patient so he does not reinjure the knee. Even though he is at practice, he will be limited.
The first time Niner fans see Manningham listed as a full participant at practice, he will be a go the following week. My estimation is Mario will return to play after San Francisco’s bye week, which is the game against the Carolina Panthers at home in Week 10.