As the San Francisco 49ers continue to rise up and challenge the Seattle Seahawks for NFC West supremacy, they also continue to wait on one of the most important players on their team to play his first game of the season. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree is still recovering from a torn achilles, but his return looks to be on schedule and he could return in November.
Tuesday morning, KNBR featured an interview with offensive coordinator Greg Roman and he talked about Crabtree’s rehab and potential return this season.
“Very optimistic, yeah, very optimistic. Got a chance to watch him work out about a week ago and was very, very encouraged with what I saw. Surprised, I guess, would be a good word, too, in the sense of just what he was doing and how he was doing it. So that’s very exciting as well. He’s working real hard at it.”
Could Crabtree be ahead of schedule? Roman went on.
“And Crab’s a very competitive guy and he wants out there. And we obviously want him out there. But, I will tell you this, he’s probably ahead of schedule in terms of where he’s at just because of his work ethic.”
Tuesday, head coach Jim Harbaugh also met with the media and didn’t have much to say regarding Crabtree but said that he is on schedule to return in November.
“That’s doable. I’m not going to make any proclamations or profound statements, but he’s right on track for, at some point here, weeks.”
Asked whether mid November was still the target, Harbaugh said: “Some amount of weeks.”
Well, fortunately for the Niners, Crabtree will be back this year. As they continue to find offense without him and grind out victories, they recognize what he means to their offense as a whole. Crabtree’s dynamic big-play ability is sorely missed at the moment but when he returns, San Francisco could be lethal yet again.