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49ers Welcome Back Playmaker Michael Crabtree

Posted Nov 26, 2013

The 49ers anticipate Michael Crabtree will make his 2013 debut this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

The 49ers Faithful have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers gave the fans some positive news to feast on by activating fifth-year wideout Michael Crabtree off the team’s Reserve/PUP List.

Crabtree suffered torn Achilles in late May, was placed on the PUP List on Aug. 27, 2013 and was cleared to practice on Nov. 5.

The 49ers had a three-week window to evaluate Crabtree for a promotion to the 53-man roster and by all accounts, the playmaking wide receiver looks like he’s ready to contribute to San Francisco’s 7-4 team.

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Jim Harbaugh expects the 6-foot-1, 214-pound sure-handed receiver to return to the field this week at home against the St. Louis Rams.

“I anticipate that he’s going to back this week, yeah,” Harbaugh said after the 49ers beat Washington 27-6 on “Monday Night Football.”

Colin Kaepernick tossed three touchdown passes in the Week 12 road victory. San Francisco’s signal-caller also posted a career-high passer rating of 134.5.

Crabtree’s return is great news for the 49ers quarterback. The two were a formidable passing tandem in the later stages of 2012. Crabtree finished the year with career highs with 85 receptions, 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches.“He’s a great player,” Kaepernick said. “He can make a lot of plays. I think everybody knows that.”

Crabtree recorded 30 third-down receptions last season, many of which came from Kaepernick. The 49ers quarterback, however, was reluctant to say Crabtree was his “security blanket” when asked by a reporter.

“I wouldn’t say a security blanket, but he’s a playmaker for us,” Kaepernick said.

Anquan Boldin has never played a game with Crabtree as a teammate, but he has seen the playmaking ability from the opposing sidelines. Boldin is eager to see what Crabtree can bring to the offense in the final five regular season games.

“It gives us some depth,” the 11-year wideout said on a night where he recorded his first multi-touchdown receiving game with the 49ers. “It gives another playmaker outside. It’s another added dimension that we need. We’ve seen ‘Crab’ make plays over the years and we expect nothing less of him.”

Crabtree caught 12 passes for 171 receiving yards and one touchdown catch in two games against the Rams in 2012.

In seven career games against St. Louis, Crabtree has 37 catches for 594 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Crabtree averages 84.9 yards per game against the Rams.

The 594 receiving yards are the most he has against any single NFL team. Crabtree’s six touchdowns against St. Louis tie his mark of six touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals.

San Francisco’s playmaking wideout came into the 2013 with lofty goals. One week before his injury he told 49ers.com: “I’m the No. 1 receiver on the 49ers and you can quote me on that because I’m really working hard and I’m really trying to be the best player, one of the best in the NFL. It’s going to take a lot. I know what it’s going to take. I just need to go out there and take it.”

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