Morgan sprinting back into action

Morgan was on way to career season before injury

Joshua Morgan is running, and even sprinting, again on the surgically repaired right leg that limited him to only five games in 2011 for the NFC West champions.


"I'm back!" Morgan exclaimed last week, sporting his typical smile as he left team headquarters. "I'm running again and have been for about two weeks - yes, sprinting."

Morgan broke a bone in his lower leg Oct. 9 against Tampa Bay, had surgery to have screws inserted and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. It was tough watching as his team went 13-3 in coach Jim Harbaugh's first season to end an eight-year drought without a playoff berth or winning record.

While Morgan is set to become a free agent, Harbaugh has said the team plans to bring him back for next season. Morgan insists he'll be ready to re-sign the moment the team reaches out. The free agency period begins March 13.

"When they tell me, I'll be there," he said, walking well on his now-healthy leg.

The 26-year-old Morgan, a four-year veteran out of Virginia Tech, was on his way to a career season and was developing as a legitimate threat in San Francisco's passing game before his injury.

Morgan led all San Francisco wideouts with 15 catches for 220 yards and one touchdown before he was injured late in the fourth quarter during the Niners' 48-3 blowout of the Buccaneers.

San Francisco, which lost in overtime of the NFC championship game last month to the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants, certainly could use Morgan back in top form.

General manager Trent Baalke is expected to address the receiving corps in April's draft after the 49ers' receivers managed just one catch for 3 yards in the 20-17 loss to New York at Candlestick Park on Jan. 22.

Morgan made his way through orange cones and dirt Thursday as the 49ers' facility is under construction for initial work on a new $1 billion stadium nearby.

It is set to be a 1.85 million square-foot facility with a 68,500-seat stadium featuring 165 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats. The venue also will be constructed with the versatility to host a wide range of events, including domestic and international soccer, college football, motocross, concerts and civic events.

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