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December 27, 2013
Mario missing: 49ers wideout still dealing with knee issues

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Mario Manningham, who missed two practices last week as well as Monday's game against the Falcons, also sat out Thursday's practice, the first of the week for the 49ers. Manningham warmed up with his teammates, then trotted over to a side field to work with strength and conditioning coaches while the rest of the team practiced.

Manningham is a year removed from tearing the ACL and PCL ligaments in his left knee. He returned to action in Week 10. Since Week 11 he has been listed on the 49ers' injury report with a knee issue. Asked why Manningham did not play against Atlanta, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said, "He's just working through something and just felt it was best to help tend to it that way."

When on the field, Manningham hasn't had much of an impact, especially in the last month. He has one catch for two yards in the last three games he's played. But it's difficult to discern whether that's because he's been ineffective or whether, with Michael Crabtree back in the lineup, Colin Kaepernick isn't interested in throwing to the No. 3 receiver. The third receiver has been lightly targeted througout the season.

Rookie Quinton Patton filled in for Manningham on Monday, played 18 snaps but didn't see any passes in his direction. Another backup wideout, Kassim Osgood did catch a pass, his first of the year, for 17 yards.

Manningam's 2013 stats
Targets, catches, yards
Wk 10: 6, 3, 30
Wk 11: 4, 1, 8
Wk 12: 7, 4, 45
Wk 13: no targets
Wk 14: 4, 0, 0
Wk 15: 2, 1, 2
Wk 16: inactive

--- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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