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.