With Manningham hobbled, Baldwin could get chances

Three and Out: Concussion protocol, receiver corps in flux

With Manningham hobbled, Baldwin could get chances
November 15, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Jim Harbaugh on Jon Baldwin: “You love a guy who’s going to give you everything he’s got. And that’s what we’ve seen.” (AP)

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SANTA CLARA – Michael Crabtree will not be active for Sunday’s game, and Mario Manningham might have a limited role – if he’s available at all.

So the 49ers could turn to Jon Baldwin for his first extended role since coming over from the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade for A.J. Jenkins.

“He had tremendous week this week or practice – very competitive,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “You love a guy who’s going to give you everything he’s got. And that’s what we’ve seen.”

Manningham is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans Saints with a knee condition that limited him throughout the week of practices. Manningham made his season debut last week and caught three passes for 30 yards against the Carolina Panthers. He returned to action after sustaining two torn ligaments in his left knee on Dec. 23 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Anquan Boldin is the 49ers’ top wide receiver. Kyle Williams, whom the 49ers waived this week, had served as the team’s primary No. 2 wideout for the first nine games of the season.

Manningham, Baldwin and Kassim Osgood are the only other wide receivers on the roster. Baldwin has appeared in five games and has played just 76 snaps. He has three receptions for 28 yards but has not caught a pass in the past three games.

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Crabtree remains on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list after undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn right Achilles. He did not take part in practices this week, as he conducted his rehabilitation on a controlled environment, Harbaugh said.

Crabtree could be activated for the Nov. 25 game against Washington. But, more likely, he could be placed on 53-man roster for the following week’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

The 49ers have one roster spot open and are expected to fill it Saturday. Wide receivers Derek Carrier and Chuck Jacobs are the likely candidates to get a call.