The 49ers announced that veteran wide receiver Mario Manningham has been activated from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list and will be ready to take the field for Week 10.
Manningham went down with a season-ending knee injury last December and has finally reached the end of his 10 month road to recovery. The 27-year-old returned to practice on October 15th and has apparently looked good practicing with the first team. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman says that Manningham’s teammates erupted with cheers when he caught his first touchdown in practice.
The 49ers have been without both Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree thus far in 2013, and have resorted to scoring their points on the ground as a result. During their recent 5 game win streak, Colin Kaepernick has only averaged 20.8 pass attempts per game.
Manningham’s return will surely lead to an increase in pass attempts, but is not going to thwart what has become a league-leading ground attack that averages more than 150 yards per game.
Last year, Manningham only averaged 3.5 receptions and 37.4 yards in 12 games. Manningham will see a few more passes thrown his way in Michael Crabtree’s absence, but don’t look for him to get huge numbers during his Week 10 debut.
As long as the Niners are getting it done in the backfield, it seems unlikely that head coach Jim Harbaugh will take things in a completely different direction. The 49ers face a hot Carolina Panthers team in Week 10 at home in San Francisco.