The San Francisco 49ers‘ championship hopes took a huge blow on Tuesday when star receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
The Niners already needed help at receiver with Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams coming off of ACL injuries that could keep them out until the beginning of the year.
San Francisco traded a sixth-round pick for Anquan Boldin who now steps into the #1 receiver spot for the Niners. The team will also need a huge contribution from second-year player A.J. Jenkins who was the team’s first-round pick last year and had zero receptions in his rookie season.
Crabtree comes off a breakout year where he had 85 receptions, 1105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He is also Colin Kaepernick‘s favorite target and was a consistent threat on every down, especially third down.
The 49ers are not without many playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. With Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Boldin, LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter. The Niners will also have to receive big contributions from rookies Vance McDonald and Quinton Patton.
Crabtree also has time to recover from the injury in hopes to return to the 49ers this season. With a little over three months until the regular season starts, an Achilles injury is no longer considered a season-ending injury. Terrell Suggs returned last year after his Achilles injury and came back as an impact player to help win a Super Bowl against the 49ers.
The best case scenario is for Crabtree to go on the Physically Unable to Perform list until mid-season and then to return to help the 49ers in their Super Bowl hopes.
It’s a huge blow, but the 49ers can hopefully survive.