Mario Manningham’s recovery from a serious knee injury sustained last December in Seattle hasn’t gone as well as hoped, apparently, as the veteran wide receiver was placed on injured reserve on Friday, ending his season.
According to CSNBayArea.com, Manningham has been limited in practice this week and removed himself from practice on Thursday after participating in warmups.
Manningham was originally injured on Dec. 23, 2012, when he tore the ACL and posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He spent eight weeks this season on the physically unable to perform list and has been active for six games, catching eight passes for 85 yards.
“We’ll do what’s in the best interest of his career,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “He’s got input in that. It’s conversations between doctors and Mario at this point.”
Manningham, in his second year with the 49ers, will be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts in March.
In 18 games for the 49ers over the last two years, Manningham has 51 receptions for 534 yards and one touchdown. He played the first four seasons of his career with the New York Giants after being drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Michigan.
Fourth-round draft choice Quinton Patton will play in Manningham’s spot at the third receiver. He has one catch for no yards in five games for the 49ers this season and missed 10 games after breaking his foot against the Rams in late September.