The rookie wide receiver suffered a fracture to a metatarsal bone in his foot during his first extended action of the season on Thursday night in St. Louis, Jim Harbaugh revealed on Friday afternoon.
Harbaugh said Patton will be kept on the team’s 53-man roster as he recovers from his injury. There was no timetable offered for his return. San Francisco already used its temporary injured reserve spot on rookie linebacker
The injury bug has now bitten Patton twice. The Louisiana Tech product broke his left index finger while attempting to catch a
On Thursday, he received more playing time than he had Weeks 1, 2 and 3. Patton, San Francisco’s fourth-round draftee last April, caught a right-side screen pass for no gain during the team’s second possession of the game.
In any case, Davis played as if he was, catching two passes for 18 ards, including his 12-yard touchdown catch, which increased the 49ers lead to 21-3 in Thursday’s third quarter.
“He's a special creation," Harbaugh said. "He has different kind of blood flowing through him than you or I for sure."
Also on the receivers front, Harbaugh continued to express his enthusiasm for
“He has a competitive heart. Just see it. I don’t know how to explain it, its just something you see," Harbaugh said of Baldwin's mentality. "As a bird-watcher, you notice the giss of a bird by watching it fly. I felt like sometimes I have an eye for a competitive heart.
"He made a couple of tough catches. There’ll be more action for him.”
As for how playing time will shake out now that Patton has been sidelined, Harbaugh stressed that every member of the position group, which includes special teamer
“Everyone has that license,” the coach said. “It all means so much to ‘em.”