San Francisco 49ers to add a key piece, as receiver Michael Crabtree set for season debut

An Achilles tendon tear used to knock a player out for a year, and only a year if he was lucky.

San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles on May 21. On Sunday, a little more than six months after the injury, Crabtree will return. And not a moment too soon for the 49ers.

Crabtree practiced all week and wasn't even listed on the 49ers injury report, so it appears that he's set for his season debut against the Rams.

“I’m ready to play,” Crabtree said, according to CSN Bay Area. “It’s been a long time coming.”

If Crabtree, who had 85 catches for 1,105 yards last season, is back to form it will be a great boost for the 49ers offense.

San Francisco is dead last in the NFL in passing yards at 173.5 yards per game, almost 15 yards per game behind any other NFL team. One of the reasons is there hasn't been a consistent threat at receiver opposite Anquan Boldin.

Crabtree told CSN Bay Area that he felt good in practice this week, saying when he watched film of practice it looked like the old Crabtree.

“Yeah, for the most part, it did," Crabtree said. "That’s probably what made me feel comfortable -- just practicing every day and really feeling the ground with my foot.”

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