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Josh Morgan’s season over; John Taylor’s nephew signed

Josh Morgan,  Vernon Davis AP

The 49ers officially ended Josh Morgan’s season on Wednesday, and they signed a familiar name to help build receiver depth. A familiar last name at least.

San Francisco signed undrafted rookie receiver Kerry Taylor to the team’s practice squad. That’s the nephew of longtime 49ers receiver John Taylor, who caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XXIII.

Morgan underwent surgery this week to insert screws into his broken right leg/ankle. He’s a free agent at the end of the year, and coach Jim Harbaugh called it a “priority” to re-sign Morgan.  He was leading the team’s wideouts with 220 yards this year.

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22 Responses to “Josh Morgan’s season over; John Taylor’s nephew signed”
  1. dawgs105 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:23 AM

    Stupid call to try to go for it at the end of the game like that. The game was over. They had like a 30 point lead. I understand you want to get the rookie QB a little experience but you are actually having a good season, why risk injury? Just run up the middle and kill some clock.

  2. stampede101 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    Sucks man…this was gonna be Joshua’s break out year. Get well soon!

  3. impeachgoodell says: Oct 13, 2011 10:36 AM

    Get well soon Joshua. Good move by Harbaugh reiterating he wants him back.
    This will be received really well in the locker room that the team takes care of its own.

  4. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 13, 2011 10:36 AM

    This would be so much cooler if it was CFT’s JT’s nephew. Good luck, Kerry.

  5. jigwig13 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:41 AM

    As a niners fan I’m saying this is a tough loss…he will bounce back and I hope we do resign him he’s a good player…get well mr morgan

  6. kappy32 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:16 AM

    This is a huge blow. He was carrying Alex Smith and the 9ers minimal passing game with Davis underperforming again & Crabtree hurt once again. On the bright side for the 49ers and their fans, he will most likely return under a one-year, incentive-laden contract ala Steve Smith (although he didn’t return) because teams will want to see how he comes back from this devastating injury before offering him a long-term deal. Get well soon, kid.

  7. rajbais says: Oct 13, 2011 11:23 AM

    Note to T.J. Houshmanzadeh: RETIRE ALREADY!!!

  8. colinblowherd says: Oct 13, 2011 11:28 AM

    It’s called karma. That’s why you take your starters out when the game is already in hand.

  9. Stiller43 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:28 AM

    @dawgs105

    Yeah, because injury’s never occur when the play call is a run.

  10. nineroutsider says: Oct 13, 2011 11:42 AM

    Morgan is very underrated, he will be back. He plays every down hard including running plays. He is deceptively fast. He will push himself hard and will bounce back from this.

    Go 9ers!

  11. waxedagain says: Oct 13, 2011 11:45 AM

    Now that the 9ers are a darling of the pundits, you neglected to mention that this was a totally avoidable injury if Harbaugh didn’t try to run up the score while he was already winning 41-3 late. Belichick made some enemies doing the same thing, but he had already won 3 Superbowls.

  12. time2speakup says: Oct 13, 2011 12:05 PM

    @dawgs105 – conventional wisdom, past traditions, etc., would indicate running to run out the clock. However, in case you haven’t noticed, this Niners coach is anything BUT traditional. And hindsight always has and always will be 20/20.

  13. arzcardinals says: Oct 13, 2011 12:08 PM

    It was a dumb call.
    I remember when Boldin got crushed vs. the J-E-T-S late in the 4th when we were down by 80+.
    There is no point to having your starters playing during a blowout win.
    If your team is up by 28 points and there are 4 minutes left in the game….on offense run it up the middle or take a knee….your just running the clock out. Pass plays make no sense to me at that point.

    When I saw Morgan get hurt…i said, “good…and dumb play.”

    Injuries are part of the game, but there are times when the risk is high and the gain is none…in Morgan’s case…the gain was none (had they got the TD no one would even care)

  14. cosanostra71 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:26 PM

    still don’t understand the play call… just kick the field goal and put in the backup defense and josh Morgan is out there on the practice field today.. big blow with crabtree and Edwards hurt too.. is Ted ginn the #1 now? smh

  15. talkintrashallday says: Oct 13, 2011 12:52 PM

    Never heard of John Taylor OR his son. “Well known name”? Child please….

  16. bucfansouthtampa says: Oct 13, 2011 1:18 PM

    The call to run up the score at the end of the game was Coach Harbaugh’s call. This decision shows how selfish he is. SF 49er’s are already up 38 points with minutes left in the game. It is 4th and 2. All you have to do is kick a field goal. But, no, your call Coach is to go for it to get a touchdown. That was selfish, conceited, and not good football. Now one of your better players is out for the season and his career may be at risk. Where is the national media in this story? Everyone is giving him glowing marks, but this was idiotic.

  17. hendeeze says: Oct 13, 2011 2:08 PM

    @ bucfansouthtampa Awwww Nothing the “West coast killers” couldn’t handle right? Oh wait….

  18. marcsasharc says: Oct 13, 2011 3:13 PM

    the 49ers had 4 WRs last game. Morgan had been on the sideline for 8 consecutive plays. the 4th down play had 3 wrs, obviously crabtree was done for the day. so obviously somebody needs to play WR.

    the 49ers are new to being successful and why not give your rookie back up as much time as possible? he may not see any more valuable playing time until a catastrophe happens. im all for getting your back up QBs as many real time reps as possible. injuries happen in football and Harbaugh is spot on with his reasoning.

    all the naysayers are obviously incompetent and have an IQ <75.

  19. marcsasharc says: Oct 13, 2011 3:13 PM

    never heard of John Taylor? haha what a loser.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:01 PM

    kappy32 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:16 AM

    This is a huge blow. He was carrying Alex Smith and the 9ers minimal passing game with Davis underperforming again & Crabtree hurt once again. On the bright side for the 49ers and their fans, he will most likely return under a one-year, incentive-laden contract ala Steve Smith (although he didn’t return) because teams will want to see how he comes back from this devastating injury before offering him a long-term deal. Get well soon, kid.
    —————

    You better HOPE he’s smart (unlike Steve Smith wasn’t) and does that. It makes sense. Jerry Reese thought so, the York family probably thinks so, as do you.

    Just hope he doesn’t pull some BS like going to Oakland or ARZ out of spite like Smith did.

  21. travisblink619 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:26 PM

    It seems to me as though, maybe Harbaugh was simply using this time to get his second offense some PT. Maybe, by not taking 3 points, he was being merciful, with the expectation Karo might not get a new set of Downs. Apparently, Tampa couldn’t even stop our second offense. Besides, I’m really sick of the rule that you must shut down when you are ahead. He is hired to coach a game from beginning to end, not to the third quarter.

  22. funkylovemonkey says: Oct 15, 2011 2:42 AM

    When Morgan got hurt the second team offense WAS in. The 49ers are so shallow at wide receiver now that if you call a play with three WRs Morgan would get pulled back into the game. Kaepernick and Hunter were already in the game, it wasn’t the first team offense.

    It’s easy to second guess, but a run up the middle could have ended in Hunter getting injured which would have been painful too. Giving it over to the defense could have ended up injuring someone on defense like Willis or Rogers. Injuries happen, there’s no way to help it beyond putting in the second stringers, which at this point had already happened.

    Anyway, it doesn’t matter how Morgan was injured. It hurts either way. Morgan has been yet another standout this season of players who have stepped up into their role and played it admirably. Morgan was a great blocker, a solid route runner and had decent hands. With Edwards still out this is going to hurt, especially against a decent Detroit defense.

    The 49ers still have a decent offense. It will be up to Ginn to step it up. Vernon Davis already leads the team in receptions but I think he and Walker will be relied on even more, perhaps even having them line up as wide outs occasionally.

    It will be interesting to see how the team compensates. Who knows, Crabtree might actually have a break out game. I’m not holding my breath, but it would be nice to see him put in the same amount of effort that others on the team are.

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