WR Morgan hurt in garbage time

  • Joe Staley and Delaney Walker congratulate Frank Gore after his 2 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter. The 49ers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-3 on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO — For 55 minutes of game time Sunday, you could say that practically nothing of significance went wrong for the 49ers. But with 4:46 left in the 48-3 massacre of Tampa Bay, wide receiver Josh Morgan tried to fight his way into the end zone and instead came away with what may prove to be a serious injury.

Morgan had to be carried from the field by teammates. Anthony Dixon scored for the 49ers two plays later.

Coach Jim Harbaugh insinuated after the game that the injury might not be as serious as it looked.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers


But not long after that, CSN Bay Area reported that Morgan had fractured his right ankle. The fourth-year veteran led the 49ers with five catches for 75 yards against the Buccaneers, and has 15 for 220 on the season.

Asked about throwing a pass to one of his starters in a meaningless stretch of action, Harbaugh noted that, with Braylon Edwards hurt, the Niners had only four wide receivers suited Sunday.

They ran a three-receiver set on the play and had few options regarding personnel.

"You've got to play," Harbaugh said. "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. (Backup quarterback Colin) Kaepernick is competing. He's got to get work."


It's no secret that the Buccaneers were woeful on Sunday. But did they quit? That's about the worst thing you can say of an NFL team — and it's what 49ers tight end Vernon Davis suggested after the game.

"They were really frustrated," Davis said of the Bucs. "I mean, I felt like they gave up. That's what I saw. I felt like they really gave up. I was trying to tell, I think it was Barber — Ronde. I was telling him, &‘Get your guys, get your guys. Ya'll got to play harder, ya'll got to play harder.'"

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