The San Francisco 49ers have missed one of their five No. 1 wideouts for a week, thanks to an ankle injury.
Coach Jim Harbaugh downplayed the situation on Friday.
“We feel like we’ll get him back soon, and we can pick right back up,” Harbaugh said, according to Cam Inman of BayAreaNewsGroup.com. “I don’t think this is going to be a major bump in the road. It’s going to be a minor one.
“He’s chomping at the bit to get back out there. I anticipate that happening soon.”
So far, the minor bump in the road has once again made it difficult for Crabtree to prepare for the start of the season.
“At this point, I’m not worried,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “He had such a good spring and summer. I feel good with what we got done this offseason.”
Still, if Crabtree misses much more time, that could open the door for one of the other No. 1 wideouts (Mario Manningham, Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams) or first-rounder A.J. Jenkins to start across from Randy Moss on September 9, when Moss returns to the place where he once pretended to drop his drawers and rub his bare bum against the padding on the goal post.