49ers’ Manningham out for season with torn ACL, PCL
During the third quarter of Sunday’s 42-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Mario Manningham was catching a pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he was tackled low by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill. The San Francisco 49ers’ third-leading receiver Mario Manningham fumbled the ball as his knees buckled in an awkward position, flashing the possibility of ending the season on injured reserve due to a serious knee injury. Later after an MRI, the San Francisco 49ers confirmed that Mario Manningham sustained a torn ACL as well as PCL in his left knee. Mario Manningham also missed the San Francisco 49ers’ last two games due to shoulder injury.
The fifth-year pro Mario Manningham appeared in 12 games (with 10 starts), while totaling 57 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown this season.
Mario Manningham is the third key player San Francisco 49ers players to suffer a season-ending injury this month, amongst an otherwise mounting injury list. San Francisco 49ers backup running back Kendal Hunter is out due to a torn Achilles tendon, while wide receiver and return punter Kyle Williams is lost for the season with torn ACL in the left knee.
Moreover, Mario Manningham wasn’t the only key player who sustained an injury against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The San Francisco second-leader in receiving yardage tight end Vernon Davis (543 yards) is awaiting further medical evaluation over the week after getting knocked off his feet along the sideline on a vicious hit by Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. Although the hit appeared legal, it drew a penalty for coming down a defenseless receiver, which left Vernon Davis with a concussion.
San Francisco 49ers All-Pro defensive lineman Justin Smith also sat out against the Seattle Seahawks with an undisclosed elbow injury, which ended his streak of 185 starts on Sunday. There is yet no timetable on Justin Smith’s return.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh remained mum on Justin Smith’s status only saying the former round-one pick has “an issue that he’s working through” and didn’t have any procedure performed yet. Asked if there was possibility for a future surgery, Jim Harbaugh said, “We’ll see.”
Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs (right knee) is also out for the season. While San Francisco 49ers backup linebacker Clark Haggans missed Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury and defensive lineman exited the game early after sustaining a back injury against the Seattle Seahawks. Running back Brandon Jacobs is expected to miss one more game after being suspended by the San Francisco 49ers for conduct detrimental.
That remains the overall bleak picture for the playoffs ready San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1) as they head into Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals for a win with which they can win the NFC West if the Green bay Packers lose to Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.