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Morning Tailgate: Quinton Patton's Progress

Posted Nov 7, 2013

The rookie wide receiver, who suffered a fracture in his foot in Week 4, had his walking boot removed early this week.

What’s the trickle-down effect of the 49ers receiving so many reinforcements during its bye week?

Some good NFL players will not be suiting up on Sunday.

Thanks to the midseason additions of wide receiver Mario Manningham, cornerback Eric Wright and outside linebacker Aldon Smith, Jim Harbaugh said just one of his seven inactives for the team’s Week 10 matchup with the Carolina Panthers will likely be a “non-healthy scratch.”

That would be rookie wideout Quinton Patton, who suffered a fracture in his foot during the team’s Week 4 win at St. Louis.

READ: How Patton Was Injured

“There’ll be six players ready to go, and there’ll be six really good football players that won’t be active for the game,” Harbaugh said. “So there are some decisions to be made and you expect that the players will have the opportunity in reps this week to state a case, make an argument for why they should be out on the field contributing. So very much looking forward to that process.”

San Francisco’s coach also intimated his anxiousness to see Patton back in uniform this season. Previously perceived as a candidate to be placed on Injured Reserve for the additional comebacks of wideout Michael Crabtree and inside linebacker/special teamer Nick Moody, Patton has made his own speedy progress on the injury front. He had his walking boot removed earlier this week.

“I anticipate he’ll be playing again. And doing really well,” Harbaugh said. “So ahead of schedule for Quinton.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wondered aloud whether Aldon Smith will play Sunday.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle featured 49ers-turned-Panthers wideout Ted Ginn Jr.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com wrote about Harbaugh can relate to the NFL’s stricken coaches.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused on San Francisco's status in the return game.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com compared Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton.







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