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49ers WR Quinton Patton up with Manningham out

Posted Dec 27, 2013

San Francisco's rookie wideout will be counted upon down the stretch now that his veteran teammate was deemed out.

Within an hour of Jim Harbaugh revealing that Mario Manningham would miss Sunday's season finale in Arizona, the 49ers announced they were placing Manningham on Injured Reserve.

The early end to the No. 3 wideout's season paves the way for rookie Quinton Patton.

READ:  Manningham's Season Done

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 Colin Kaepernick showed in Manningham the last two seasons. He said it would simply come from catching passes in games; his lone career reception came in the Rams game.