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November 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham (82) escapes a tackle by New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 49ers defeated the Saints 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

49ers WR Mario Manningham activated from PUP

 

It looks like the San Francisco 49ers are getting some needed help at receiver.

According to Pro Football Talk, the team announce they have activated wide receiver Mario Manningham from the physically unable to perform list.

Manningham tore his ACL on Dec. 23 of last year. Before that, he was a productive receiver for the 49ers, catching 42 passes for 449 yards and a touchdown. Before that, the 27-year-old receiver was a big target for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. In his career, Manningham has caught 202 passes for 2,764 yards and 19 touchdowns

Manningham has already been practicing with San Francisco for three weeks and should be able to immediately boost a passing attack that is last in the league. Manningham will hopefully give quarterback  Colin Kaepernick a reliable target outside of wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis. At worst, he must be better than wide receivers Kyle Williams and Jon Baldwin.

Even without a powerful passing attack, the 49ers are 6-2, largely because of their first-ranked running offense. With Manningham back, perhaps San Francisco can get their passing game going this week against a surging Carolina Panthers team.

In addition, the 49ers have activated cornerback Eric Wright from the non-football injury list and have released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

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