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49ers Anticipate Michael Crabtree to Return

Posted May 22, 2013

Michael Crabtree tore his right Achilles tendon Tuesday at 49ers Organized Team Activities.

Michael Crabtree tore his right Achilles tendon Tuesday at 49ers Organized Team Activities.

Crabtree was motioning into a route during a 7-on-7 drill and felt a kick in the back of his right ankle as he pushed off to run his route. It wasn’t a kick, though. It was a complete tear of his Achilles tendon.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound receiver underwent successful surgery Wednesday morning at Stanford hospital. Jim Harbaugh visited with the fifth-year wideout and it caused the head coach to be a little late for the second OTA session of the 2013 offseason.

After the OTA workout, Harbaugh confirmed the injury that was first reported in the morning by USA Today and shared insight into Crabtree's recovery process.

“Surgery was successful and we do not anticipate it will be season-ending for Michael,” the 49ers coach said. “It was completely torn and it was completely repaired.”

Harbaugh doesn’t believe Crabtree will be out for an entire season. Harbaugh feels like Crabtree will do whatever necessary to return to the field when he’s fully healed.

“The good news is he woke up from the surgery and the first thing he asked the Doc was how it went,” Harbaugh shared. 

Team surgeon Dr. Tim McAdams performed the surgery and discussed the healing process with Crabtree shortly after.

According to Harbaugh, Crabtree woke up after the procedure and when he found out he wouldn’t be out for the year, he told the doctor, “got no choice but to be back.”

Crabtree produced career highs in 2012 with 85 receptions, 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches. Crabtree was also the first 49ers player to record a 1,000-yard receiving season since 2003.

He’ll be missed to start the 2013 season, but Harbaugh is confident he’ll return just fine from the injury.

“It’s a setback, but Michael’s young,” the 49ers coach said. “He’s strong and everything will be a positive approach to healing. We’ll anticipate great things.”

San Francisco’s starting quarterback echoed the comments of his coach.

“Crab’s going to work,” Colin Kaepernick said. “He’s going to be back.”

The 49ers have two other receivers in Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams recovering from late-season injuries in 2012. The team has several young wideout options in A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton among other. They also traded for Anquan Boldin this offseason.

Kaepernick said he is more than comfortable with the players on the roster. Harbaugh also said the team wouldn’t discuss pursuing a veteran replacement.

“We have a lot of talent out here, we have a lot of great players out here,” Kaepernick said. “It’s just who’s going to play that role right now.

Harbaugh is excited to see who will emerge to take the starting spot opposite of Boldin when the team hosts the Green Bay Packers in the season opener at Candlestick Park on Sept. 8.

“Our guys are working on getting better every single day, coming out here with a plan on what they need to get done before the day is over,” Harbaugh said.

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