Jim Harbaugh didn’t have a timetable to share with reporters but he said San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is not expected to miss the entire 2013 season.
Crabtree underwent surgery Wednesday for a torn Achilles tendon and it might be wishful thinking on Harbaugh’s part because the recovery could be six months or more. In late May, that means Crabtree might not be on the practice field until late November or December.
The bottom line now is the team isn’t ruling Crabtree out and that is a good thing.
“His comment to that was, he's got no choice but to be back," Harbaugh said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "Every day now is a healing day, and that starts today."
Harbaugh would not speculate on the possibility Randy Moss could make a return to the team. The 49ers could also consider free agent Brandon Lloyd, who already made one tour of duty with the club and has a way of wearing out his welcome. Or the 49ers have a cast of receivers that can step up, including A.J. Jenkins, the first-round draft pick in 2012 that was invisible throughout his rookie season.
We’ll see how Crabtree is progressing when final cuts roll around at the end of the summer.
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