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Michael Crabtree Concerned with Dallas Cowboys, Not with New Contract

Posted Sep 4, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers wideout will play in his first professional game in front of his friends and family in his hometown of Dallas, Texas.

Michael Crabtree is heading home.

He's also eager to play in his first professional game in front of his Dallas community.

"I think my family is more excited than I am," the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver said on Thursday.

Crabtree's comments were not a surprise. He allowed 49ers.com to document his summer visit to Dallas, where the homecoming topic was discussed in great detail. Crabtree explained his feelings on playing the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday to start the 2014 regular season, his sixth in a 49ers uniform.

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We won't go into all of Crabtree's Thursday comments. Most of the details can be found in our feature story.

As for what we learned on Thursday, Crabtree's upbeat demeanor in the locker room was quite noticeable.

“He’s ready to go back and play in front of his home crowd," Colin Kaepernick said on Wednesday.

“I know he’s very excited," Jim Harbaugh added. "He’s never played there. That’s where he’s from. It’s definitely a big deal to him.”

Crabtree has a positive attitude even after missing Wednesday's practice with a calf injury. Crabtree said the injury was minor. He returned to practice on Thursday, as he predicted earlier in the day.

Crabtree's media session wasn't only about his Week 1 opponent. When he was asked about the status of his ongoing contract negotiations with San Francisco's front office, the wideout said his focus was on the Cowboys.

"Right now," he said, "we're thinking about the Cowboys. We got a lot of things to think about. I don't worry about all that. I let it handle itself."

Crabtree said Sunday's game is abiout more than just his return to Dallas.

"It's big for the team, period," he said. "This whole season. We got a lot on the table right now. Every game counts. Every game. One game at a time. I know a lot of people say it, but it's so true. Right now, we're just one game at a time, and the first one is the Cowboys."

Sunday will mark Crabtree's first Week 1 performance since the 2012 season. Crabtree missed the first 11 games of the '13 regular season with a tear in his right Achilles tendon.

According to his offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Crabtree showed extreme toughness in making his quick return to the field. The 49ers wideout caught 33 passes for 284 receiving yards with 1 touchdown in five regular season games.

“I think he’s geared up to play anywhere, really," Roman said, "but I’m sure Dallas has a little special something to him growing up in that area and having family there. He’s ready to go. He’s a true professional. Mike played last year when he came back in a tough situation for some. He went out, gutted it out and helped us win a lot of football games. And that’s what we’re looking forward to this year.”

A healthy Crabtree, paired with veterans Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd, figures to give San Francisco its deepest receiving corps in recent team history.

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