Manningham's shoulder injury tests 49ers' depth

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Manningham's shoulder injury tests 49ers' depth

ST. LOUIS -- The 49ers compensated for the losses of receiver Kyle Williams and running back Kendall Hunter with a little more Ted Ginn and Brandon Jacobs.Now, receiver Mario Manningham's status is uncertain after sustaining a shoulder injury that forced him out of action in the fourth quarter of the 49ers' 16-13 overtime loss to St. Louis Rams."We won't know right away in terms of how that will affect him next week," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.Manningham has been nursing a right shoulder injury since originally being injured Oct. 14 against the New York Giants. He missed one game due to the injury.Williams (knee) and Hunter (Achilles) were placed on season-ending injured reserve last week. On Sunday, the 49ers suited up rookie A.J. Jenkins for the second time this season. But Jenkins and backup quarterback Alex Smith were the only 49ers players who did not see action. Jenkins was the 49ers' No. 5 receiver in Sunday's game.Prior to Manningham's injury, the 49ers used Manningham, Ginn and Michael Crabtree in three-receiver formations against the Rams. Crabtree had strong game with seven receptions for 101 yards. Randy Moss saw action mostly in one-receiver sets.
Ginn had one reception for 1 yard. Colin Kaepernick's option pitch sailed over Ginn's head late in the fourth quarter. The miscue led to Janoris Jenkins' 2-yard fumble return.Frank Gore found it difficult to get anywhere against the Rams' defense, as he gained just 58 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Gore appeared to be favoring his left arm after a carry in overtime. Afterward, Gore said he was all right.Jacobs took over Hunter's role as the backup and managed just 6 yards on four rushing attempts. Rookie running back LaMichael James was not one of the 49ers' 46 active players.

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."