The San Francisco 49ers have had their fair share of injuries and off-the-field issues in 2013. Their wide receiving corps, specifically, has been decimated by injuries. The most notable injury of course happened during OTAs, when WR Michael Crabtree went down with a torn achilles. The 49ers’ top pass-catcher from 2012 was initially ruled out for the season, but then a diagnosis came down that gave the 49ers hope he could return later in the season. Well, that moment has arrived.
Crabtree has now been officially cleared to return to practice. San Francisco now has 21 days to evaluate him and determine whether or not to activate him from the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
The wide out’s return is coming at the perfect time for the 49ers, who are just now hitting their stride in 2013. After a bumpy start, San Fran has now reeled off five straight wins. However, the team still boasts the league’s worst passing offense (189.9 yards per game). A lot of people are pointing the finger at Colin Kaepernick, who certainly hasn’t been great, but he’s also been missing a couple of his top targets from a year ago.
So overall, you have to like where the Niners are at if you’re a fan. This team has weathered the storm so far this season without multiple pieces of their passing attack. Crabtree isn’t out of the woods yet, but the fact that he’s been medically cleared is undoubtedly a great sign.