SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers' victory came at a cost, as receiver Joshua Morgan sustained a fractured right ankle, a source close to Morgan told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday evening.It is not known how long Morgan will be out of action. Morgan was the 49ers' leading receiver with five catches for 75 yards in the 49ers' 48-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park.Morgan was injured with more than four minutes remaining in the game when Tampa Bay cornerback Anthony Gaitor tackled him after a 19-yard reception from backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the 1-yard line with the 49ers leading 41-3.
The pass play was called on a fourth-and-3 situation. Coach Jim Harbaugh defended his decision.
"You've got to play," Harbaugh said after the game. "You can't take a knee with four minutes left in the game. It could have been a run. Josh was competing. I think he's going to be OK. (Kaepernick) is competing. He's got to get the work. We're not taking a knee with four minutes left in the game."Tight end Vernon Davis, who was on the sideline on the play, helped carry Morgan off the field."Me and Josh are from the same neighborhood (in Washington)," Davis said. "I've know Josh the majority of my life. We have a bond. He's like family to me."The 49ers are down to three healthy receivers: Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams.Braylon Edwards underwent arthroscopic surgery after the Sept. 18 game against the Dallas Cowboys to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He might be available to return to action Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Browns.Morgan is the 49ers' leading wide receiver with 15 catches for 220 yards (14.7 average) and a touchdown.
The Seahawks might be in some trouble.
Seattle may lose its second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after failing to disclose Richard Sherman's knee injury, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
The league is reportedly mulling a penalty after Pete Carroll revealed on Monday that Sherman dealt with an MCL injury during the season.
Back in September, the NFL took away the Seahawks' fifth-round pick, fined the team $400,000 and fined Pete Carroll $200,000 for violating work rules that prohibit excessive contact in all offseason workouts.
The Seahawks will also forefit their first week of 2017 OTAs.
The 49ers, a team with no head coach and no general manager, on Thursday added their third player in the past week to a reserve/future contract.
The 49ers signed wide receiver Rashad Ross, a product of Vallejo High School. Ross has appeared in 20 NFL games the past three seasons with Chicago and Washington. In 2015, Ross caught eight passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in 13 games with Washington.
Ross (6 foot, 180 pounds) played collegiately at Arizona State via Butte College in Oroville. Ross caught 37 passes for 610 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 with the Sun Devils.
Washington released Ross on Dec. 22. In addition to seeing game against with Chicago and Washington, he has also been on the practice squads of Tennessee and Kansas City.
The 49ers also signed Nick Rose, a kicker who spent last offseason with the Atlanta Falcons, to a reserve/future contract on Wednesday. Rose made 27 of his 38 field-goal attempts duringhis four-year career at Texas.
Last week, the 49ers signed left-footed punter Brock Miller (Southern Utah) to a reserve/future contract. A reserve/future contract takes effect at the beginning of the new league year on March 9.
The 49ers’ personnel department remains intact after the firing of general manager Trent Baalke. Assistant general manager Tom Gamble and director of pro personnel Mike Williams are most likely responsible for the signings.
CEO Jed York said on Jan. 2 that the new head coach and general manager will have full power to assemble their staffs.