ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen reported that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has torn his Achilles tendon and undergone surgery to repair it. Doctors have stated that the injury would sideline Crabtree for six months.
This kind of injury is worse for wide receivers due to the position requiring them to use their Achilles for explosion off the line of scrimmage on almost every play. Players at other positions may recover faster, but for a receiver to return to full strength or an effective level of play, the recovery process will be longer.
However, as unfortunate as this news may be for Crabtree, don’t expect panic to overtake the 49ers organization. Crabtree led regular season receivers in 2012 with 1105 yards receiving on 85 receptions, but the team and more specifically the passing offense are still in good hands (pun intended). TE Vernon Davis is still a threat for opposing teams to consider. During their Super Bowl, the 49ers saw first hand how devastating Anquan Boldin can be so this offseason whey went out and traded for the available wideout. Mario Manningham should see more footballs coming his way, and he will welcome everyone of them coming off season ending ACL and PCL injuries against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 season. If that isn’t enough the team added one of the better wide receivers in the 2013 draft, Quinton Patton, in the 4th round. Patton was super productive in school and should not disappoint in the NFL.
Yes, Colin Kaepernick has options and the running game as Frank Gore is still a proven force. Fans will wish Crabtree a speedy recovery, but they know they don’t need to.
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