Within an hour of Jim Harbaugh revealing that
The early end to the No. 3 wideout's season paves the way for rookie
The Louisiana Tech product, who suffered a fracture in his foot in Week 4, returned to the lineup in Week 16. He wasn't targeted in the passing game.
"They said, 'Your time will come,'" Patton said before Friday afternoon's practice when asked about how he dealt with so much time off. "I just gave my energy to (my teammates) on the sideline."
Manningham, meanwhile, was inactive in Week 16 and did not practice on Thursday or Friday.
"He's consulting with doctors," Harbaugh said of Manningham during his Friday press conference. "We’ll do what’s in the best interest of his career. He’s got input on that. It’s really a conversation between doctors and Mario at this point.”
The sixth-year po caught nine passes for 85 yards across six games since his Week 10 return from offseason knee surgery.
Patton will now have to gain the confidence that