Monday, August 19, 2013

Manningham will start the season on the PUP list

The 49ers’ issues at receiver will continue into the regular season.

Veteran Mario Manningham, added via free agency after making a catch for the ages during crunch time of Super Bowl XLVI, will stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a knee injury suffered in 2012.

It means that four of last year’s quintet of No. 1 wideouts in San Francisco won’t be available when the 2013 season begins.  Gone are Randy Moss and Ted Ginn; injured are Manningham and Michael Crabtree.

Manningham had 42 catches in 12 games before tearing an ACL on December 23.  His inability to suit up for Week One serves as a reminder that not every player recovers from a late-season ACL tear in time to be as good as ever when the next season begins.

The fifth No. 1 wideout from 2012, Kyle Williams, remains in the mix for significant playing time.

Manningham can return to practice at any time between Week Six and Week 11.  If/when he does, the 49ers have three weeks to add him to the active roster, or to shut him down for the season.

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