With Mario Manningham injury, 49ers could finally turn to rookie A.J. Jenkins

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Jenkins suited for the 49ers' 16-13 loss to the Rams but didn't play.

Rookie wide receiver A.J. Jenkins suited up for just the second time this season for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The first-year player out of Illinois still hasn't seen the field this season, but could finally get on the gridiron next week. With wide receiver Kyle Williams on injured reserve with a torn ACL and Mario Manningham's status unknown after leaving Sunday's game, Jenkins could finally get some playing time.

The 49ers first round pick only watched as the 49ers gave up 11 fourth-quarter points to the St. Louis Rams in Sunday's overtime loss. Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn Jr., Mario Manningham and Randy Moss were still ahead of Jenkins on the depth chart for Sunday's game, but Jenkins could find his way onto the field if Manningham misses any time because of the should injury.

The 49ers will need solid play all over the field the rest of the way this season. After coming home to face the Dolphins next weekend, they head on the road to play the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks before finishing the season at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

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