On Christmas Eve, San Francisco 49ers fans learned that WR Mario Manningham would be lost for the remainder of the year after suffering a knee injury. Manningham suffered a torn ACL and PCL in the Niners loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The injury now leaves the Niners dangerously thin at the wide receiver position. San Francisco will now roll Randy Moss into the No. 2 receiver position for the remainder of the season and through the playoffs.
Manningham now joins Kyle Williams as the other Niners receiver to hit the team’s injured reserve list this season.This leaves Moss, along with Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn and rookie A.J. Jenkins as the only receivers on the current roster.
Moss has not had the anticipated impact on the San Francisco offense as expected this season. He has just 26 receptions on the year for 406 yards and three scores but has recorded three catches in just one game this season.
This would be a good time for the Niners offense to rediscover TE Vernon Davis. Davis has complained recently that there is no chemistry between him and second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Davis’ production has really fallen off this season, receiving at this point, 40 fewer targets than last season. He has five receptions in the Niners’ last five games for just 56 yards and just one touchdown in the last 12 games.