Jim Harbaugh confirmed on Sunday afternoon that 49ers WR Mario Manningham will start the upcoming season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Manningham cannot be activated until Week 7 at the earliest. Harbaugh indicated that he is still on schedule to return at some point in the regular season.
"[Manningham's] rehab is going very well," Harbaugh said. "We've been getting great feedback on Mario and he's really feeling that he can put his leg in the ground and generate some power. It's exciting and he's excited about it."
Last season in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks, Manningham tore both his ACL and PCL when he caught a pass before being hit in the leg. In his first season with the 49ers, Manningham had 42 receptions for 449 receiving yards with one touchdown. He also was used on the reverse twice for gains of 29 and 28 yards respectively.
By starting the season on the PUP list, Manningham cannot be activated until Week 7 at the earliest. He will not count against the 53-man roster and it opens the opportunity for another receiver to take his place in the short term. Players on the depth chart include Chad Hall, Marlon Moore, Ricardo Lockette and Kassim Osgood who could be the extra receiver.
Meanwhile, Harbaugh also said Michael Crabtree is doing well in rehab without any setbacks.