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Quinton Patton to 'miss some time' with fractured foot

The San Francisco 49ers are down another wide receiver.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh announced Friday that rookie Quinton Patton will "miss some time" after suffering a fractured foot during Thursday's win over the St. Louis Rams.

Harbaugh said Patton will not be placed on injured reserve.

It's a tough blow for a wide receiver group already trying to make due without Michael Crabtree. Patton has seen limited playing time this season, but he was designated as the team's No. 2 receiver Thursday. His loss further depletes a position of weakness for San Francisco.

Keeping Patton on the 53-man roster indicates the Niners expect him back before the end of the regular season. The team already used their short-term injured reserve spot on rookie linebacker Nick Moody, recovering from a broken hand.

We'll see if Patton's injury spurs the Niners to explore the trade market. Right now, Harbaugh has Anquan Boldin and a whole lot of nothing.

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