San Francisco 49ers Lose Mario Manningham to PUP List
The San Francisco 49ers‘s already weak wide receiver corps just got weaker. According to reports, the team has placed veteran receiver Mario Manningham on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, which will keep him out of San Francisco’s first six games of 2013.
Being placed on the PUP list means that Manningham will likely not be able to re-join the team at 100% until about mid-season at the earliest. Manningham joins fellow receiver Michael Crabtree as 49ers receivers with lower body injuries that will miss at least the first half of the season.
With Manningham also unavailable to start the year, the news makes it a little less likely the 49ers cut their losses with supposedly failed first round pick, A.J. Jenkins. It also could mean there will be room made for veteran slot man Austin Collie, who has stayed healthy since joining the team, but has been held back a bit and hasn’t yet been overly impressive.
All this means for now is that San Francisco’s receiving crop is weaker than it started, and that someone else will need to be counted on to step up early in the year. Collie and Jenkins are probably the safest bets of all the options, although Marlon Moore and rookie Quinton Patton should certainly be in the mix, as well.