Wide Receiver Mario Manningham was placed on the Injured Reserve List by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday. He was placed on IR with a knee injury, but reports did not indicate which one was the issue.
After appearing in just six games after coming off the Physically Unable to Perform List, Manningham’s season ends in disappoint for the second year in a row. In two seasons with the 49ers the receiver has played in 18 games with 51 receptions for 534 yards and one touchdown. In Week 16 of last season, he tore two ligaments in his right knee against the Seattle Seahawks.
This season Manningham made only three starts and registered nine receptions for 85 yards after missing the first seven games. He was inactive last week, with rookie Quinton Patton taking over as the No. 3 receiver on offense against the Atlanta Falcons. Patton will likely remain at the position despite having only one reception and zero yards this season.
Manningham is a free agent after the season, so it is highly unlikely he will return to San Francisco. The 49ers have not made a move to replace Mario on the 53-man roster.
We’re consulting with doctors and we’ll do what’s in the best interest of his career. He’s got input on that. The conversations are between doctors and Mario at this point. ~ Jim Harbaugh