The San Francisco 49ers leading wideout from 2012 suffered the injury on May 21 in the team's offseason program and has remained in the Bay Area ever since. Crabtree has done “everything he was asked to do,” according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers coach, speaking to the Bay Area media on Monday, praised the fifth-year wideout for his dedication towards returning to the field in 2013.
Harbaugh also shared that the team will soon place Crabtree on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The designation gives San Francisco the option to activate the star wide receiver during the season. Following the first six weeks of the regular season, the team would then have a three-week timetable to take Crabtree off the PUP list and then three more weeks to activate him on to the active roster.
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Harbaugh went on to sum up the early prognosis from team doctors on Crabtree’s rehabilitation of the surgically-repaired tendon.
“They feel very good about where he is right now,” the 49ers coach shared. “I wouldn’t categorize it as ahead of schedule because he’s just starting now to start moving on it.”
According to Harbaugh, the commitment to rehab has been paying off for Crabtree.
“It’s been healing so far, but it looks great,” Harbaugh added. “That’s from the words of the doctors. Again, optimistic there and Michael did a tremendous job post-surgery.”
The 49ers placed a pair of wideouts on the PUP list over the weekend.
“I don’t want to get into the area of commenting on the doctors and trainers,” Harbaugh said of Williams and Manningham.
The 49ers coach, however, did comment on the wideouts lining up to replace Crabtree in the starting lineup for the team's first preseason game on Aug. 8.
“We said from the beginning, the spots were opened up, especially for the young guys,” Harbaugh said. “They’ve competed and they continue to do that. That rages on.
“I feel like they’re making a lot of progress. I feel good where that stands now. To continue competition will continue to be good for those young guys and our youngsters.”
Harbaugh has been pleased on how Boldin’s influenced the young wideouts in a positive way. The 49ers coach pointed to Boldin’s impressive demeanor around the team this offseason.
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“From everything we’ve seen, he’s been A-plus,” Harbaugh said of the three-time Pro Bowler. “From what he’s done in his career and the time he’s been with us, everything’s been outstanding.
“He’s very serious about winning. He’s very serious about football. I admire that about him.”
Boldin and the rest of the veteran wideouts will report officially on Wednesday. Camp practices begin the following day, setting the stage for a must-see competition among the wide receivers.
Harbaugh, too, wants to see how it plays out and wasted no time getting into hypotheticals on who will win the spot.
“Rather than get focused on what the depth chart is now, we’ll play this into camp and give the competition the importance it deserves.”