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Manningham Renews Chemistry with Kaepernick

Posted Nov 6, 2013

The healed 49ers wideout is likely to make his season debut on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree had been on the sideline together too long. The healed 49ers wideouts are now on the practice field together.

So their plans are finally in action.

"It's been a storm, ups and downs every since we got hurt," Manningham said after participating in Wednesday afternoon's session. "We talk to each other... Just trying to do what we got to do to put this team in a position to be where we were at the the end of the year just with a different result."

Manningham, ahead of his fellow wideout, is likely to make his season debut on Sunday at Candlestick Park, when San Francisco hosts the Carolina Panthers. As for his potential role in the game, the six-year pro said simply, "Make plays."

"Now I just have to show up in a game, get bumped around a bit and I'll be right back to where I was," the Michigan product said.

Manningham, who caught 42 balls in 2012, added that his strength is up to snuff. He went so far as to pronounce his surgically-prepared left knee as able as his right.

"I wouldn't go out there if I wasn't feeling 100 or close to 100 (percent)," he said. "I'm still working, still doing what I have to do to prepare myself, better myself and get my body ready."

Like Crabtree, Manningham is now using his practice time to get back up to speed with his quarterback. Before he went down last season, Manningham was Colin Kaepernick's No. 2 wide receiver.

"It's getting there because he knows how to read my body language," Manningham said of Kaepernick. "I know I have to come running out of my break because he has a fastball; he throws hard."