Niners’ wideout Manningham ends season with torn left knee ligaments

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham tore his left ACL and PCL in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

He will miss the rest of the season, the NFL Network reported. A shoulder injury had caused him to miss two games before Week 16.

Although the 49ers hadn’t made Manningham a huge part of their passing offense, they used him to help stretch the field when healthy.

His first season in San Francisco ended with 57 catches for 449 yards and one touchdown in 12 games, including 10 starts.

It’s the third season-ending injury to a key player for the 49ers this month. The team also lost running back Kendall Hunter to a torn Achilles tendon, while wide receiver and returner Kyle Williams tore his ACL.

The Niners signed Manningham as a free agent after his playoff heroics for the New York Giants.

In last year’s NFC championship game, Manningham had a 17-yard TD catch to help beat San Francisco. He followed that up with a spectacular 38-yard sideline reception during the Giants’ game-winning drive against New England in Super Bowl XLVI.

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