49ers receiver Josh Morgan is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve because of a broken ankle, leaving San Francisco with a shortage of quality receivers. Morgan, the team’s second-leading receiver, had been filling the void left by Braylon Edwards, who was injured in Week 2 against the Cowboys. There was a small chance that Edwards could be back in time for this week’s game at Detroit, but according to coach Jim Harbaugh, it seems more likely that the veteran won’t return until after the Niners bye in Week 7.
Morgan’s injury could put a big dent in a suspect San Francisco passing game. Yes, Vernon Davis will continue to be a major target for Alex Smith, but the Niners need a consistent playmaker on the outside. Michael Crabtree hasn’t had more than five catches in a game this season and has only gone over 100 yards receiving once in his career while Morgan’s likely replacement, Ted Ginn, has shown more productivity as a kick returner than a receiver in his five-year NFL career.
In Morgan’s absence, San Francisco signed free-agent Brett Swain, the former Green Bay Packer who has just six receptions in 22 career games. Don’t expect him to be part of the game plan anytime soon. With a game against the fierce Lions defense next on the schedule, it’s a good idea to downgrade any 49ers on your roster.
– Marcas Grant