WR Josh Morgan, the 49ers leading receiver this season, will miss an extended period of time because of a fractured right ankle, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reported on Sunday. Morgan was hurt in the final minutes of San Francisco's 48-3 win vs. the Buccaneers in Week Five.
The receiver, who had five receptions for 75 yards in the game, was hurt with around four minutes remaining after being tackled by Bucs CB Anthony Gaitor. He lay on the field for a brief period before being carried off by some of his teammates.
After the game, head coach Jim Harbaugh said that the team does not regret throwing the ball so late in the game, despite the injury.
"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."
The way we see it
While the 49ers are happy to be 4-1, this injury could be a serious hit to the team. Morgan was the team's leading receiver and one of few healthy bodies at the position. Now that he is out, there are only three active wideouts on the roster: Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams. Braylon Edwards should be able to return soon and Morgan may not miss too much time, but it wouldn't be a shock to see the team try and sign some depth to the position.