San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered an unfortunate injury on May 21 in which he completely tore his Achilles tendon. Obviously, it was devastating news for the organization considering how much production Crabtree can bring to the table. It is unclear if he is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation process. However, the good news is that he is coming along good.
”I wouldn’t categorize it as ‘ahead of schedule’ because he is just starting to move on it,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said, according to ESPN.com. ”It’s just been healing but it looks great. That’s from the words of the doctor so, again, optimistic there.”
Crabtree was a dominant force in 2012 when he led the 49ers with 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 85 receptions in 16 games. He also came up big in the postseason when he hauled in 20 catches for 285 yards and three touchdowns as San Francisco marched their way to the Super Bowl.
As of right now, Crabtree has been placed on the physically unable to perform list, which is where he will remain once training camp opens up later this week. The PUP list means he will have to sit out the first six weeks of the 2013 NFL season. However, it really does not matter considering the 25-year-old will most likely miss the first 11-12 games. The good news is doctors and team officials believe he will be available to return at some point later in the season.