As it turned out, the San Francisco 49ers’ blowout loss in Seattle was even worse than it looked. Receiver Mario Manningham will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, according to ESPN.
Manningham sustained a torn ACL and PCL in his left knee during a 42-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was the team’s second-leading receiver, with 42 receptions, and third in receiving yards, with 449.
Manningham came out of the game Sunday after getting tackled by linebacker Leroy Hill in the third quarter. Though the 49ers were mum about Manningham’s status earlier Monday afternoon, the receiver was seen making his way into the team’s headquarters on crutches.
Losing Manningham, who had already been limited by a shoulder injury, would be another blow for a team with a mounting injury list. All-Pro defensive lineman Justin Smith sat out against Seattle because of an undisclosed elbow injury, and there is no timetable for his return.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith has “an issue that he’s working through.” Harbaugh added that Smith has not had a procedure to date but, when asked if surgery were a possibility, said: “We’ll see.”
FALCONS: Added reserve offensive lineman Joe Hawley to the active roster and placed wide receiver Kevin Cone on injured reserve.
Hawley returned to practice last week after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The Falcons had a week to decide whether to activate him.
Hawley’s agent, Kevin Omell, said Hawley tested positive for Adderall.
Hawley played in six games before his suspension. He started 12 games last season.
SEAHAWKS: Have won every game they’ve played this month, putting together the league’s largest three-game scoring total in 62 years en route to the team’s longest winning streak in five years.
It’s possible the Seahawks will suffer a loss before they take the field again, though.
Cornerback Richard Sherman appealed his positive test for a banned substance on Friday, and while no ruling has been given yet, one is expected this week. If his appeal is denied, he will likely be suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
That makes Sherman’s status for Sunday’s regular-season finale against St. Louis a question mark. Any suspension would continue into the postseason and perhaps even into next year until he has missed the required number of games.
BENGALS: Acquired wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher on waivers from Chicago and placed first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve.
Sanzenbacher was released this week by the Bears.