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Crabtree injury could open door for Moss, others

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We’ve been reminded yet again that they don’t give out the Lombardi Trophy in May.

Even when things look great on paper, the paper yields to practicality once players start getting injured.  In the case of the 49ers, the favorite target of quarterback Colin Kaepernick could now be gone for a while.

The question becomes whether the 49ers will stay in house to replace Michael Crabtree, who is expected to miss six months, or whether they will add other options to fill the void.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the 49ers had not yet contacted Randy Moss about a possible return to the team to which he publicly said farewell, after it became clear that the Niners had planned to say “ta-ta” to him.

The 49ers may now need Moss, who kept quiet about his discontent with a minimal role in 2012 until Super Bowl week.  In 2013, Moss could have a more significant role, given Crabtree’s absence.

There aren’t many other options on the free-agency market.  Brandon Lloyd, a fourth-round pick of the 49ers a decade ago who had 74 catches for 911 yards in 2012 with New England, is available.

It’s also possible, in theory, that the Niners will look at the trade market or, as the offseason yields to training camp and the preseason, the waiver wire.  Either way, the Niners unexpectedly have lost a key piece of their puzzle, which will make it a little harder to put together a successful Super Bowl run in 2013.

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23 Responses to “Crabtree injury could open door for Moss, others”
  1. sterilizecromartie says: May 22, 2013 5:45 PM

    Didn’t they draft a wr in the first round last year? I’m assuming he can step up.

  2. ninerempire7 says: May 22, 2013 5:48 PM

    No to Randy Moss. YES to Brandon Lloyd.

  3. schweb08 says: May 22, 2013 5:54 PM


  4. explosionsauce says: May 22, 2013 5:55 PM

    Crabtree will come back mid season but this blows hard regardless. What a crappy Wednesday.

  5. blakeden says: May 22, 2013 6:05 PM

    Certainly a big loss…..but with the exception of the loss of a QB no one player should drastically change a teams ability to win.

  6. myosin10 says: May 22, 2013 6:11 PM

    I think Llyod can be a great target for Kap! I don’t think they need to be looking for trades tho they have some good players in house already and Crabs might be back mid season.

  7. herkulease says: May 22, 2013 6:13 PM

    Moss would just enter a crowded receiving corp as a before

    Before the injury, you figure their top 3 targets are Crabtree, Davis and Boldin.

    Then there’s Kyle Williams, Mario Manningham who are returning from injury.

    Then the unknowns with AJ Jenkins and Quinton Patton.

    Williams and Manningham going down didn’t exactly result in more catches for Moss last year.

    Where will Moss fit in.

    As Niner fan, I feel they should just roll with what they have. Unless Williams and Manningham are not expected back until later in the season then bring someone in.

    Might as well find out what your younger players have.

  8. wesleyt4 says: May 22, 2013 6:22 PM

    Lloyd sounds intriguing….

  9. lengai says: May 22, 2013 6:29 PM

    Devery Henderson?

  10. schmitty2 says: May 22, 2013 6:30 PM

    Lloyd is master of making a highlight reel catch…even when it’s not required.

  11. asimonetti88 says: May 22, 2013 6:30 PM

    I forgot that Brandon Lloyd was available. The Niners could do worse.

  12. beauregard says: May 22, 2013 6:48 PM

    That’s life in the NFL. It’s now “Next Man Up” and few teams are as deep as the 49er’s.

  13. aiiyiiyiii says: May 22, 2013 6:59 PM

    Moss wasn’t the answer last year. He certainly wouldn’t be the answer this year. Lloyd has had 6 teams in 10 years, gotta ask why.

    Jenkins must step up, and Niners coaches should scheme Vernon Davis back into the passing game. Versatile Vance McDonald may be relied on more than they had planned, as a rookie.

  14. 4ever9er says: May 22, 2013 7:23 PM

    No to Lloyd and Moss. Time to see what the youngsters can do!

  15. pop562 says: May 22, 2013 7:27 PM

    Lloyd sounds intriguing and Barden is out there as well.

  16. thebigtim2012 says: May 22, 2013 7:32 PM

    How the heck did Lloyd have that many yards last year! I didn’t think he was that productive. That’s a pretty good year for a receiver that was no where near Brady’s favorite target there had to have been a pretty good reason we cut him. Buyer beware

  17. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 22, 2013 7:57 PM

    Manningham could step up, the guy has produced before.

  18. calicokiller49 says: May 22, 2013 8:16 PM

    Give the giants whatever they want for victor Cruz!

  19. snikerbotloot says: May 22, 2013 8:16 PM

    AJ Jenkins HAS to step up. Period.

  20. rajbais says: May 22, 2013 9:57 PM

    Not Moss!!!

    Who the hell told you to write that crap, Brian Billick or Heath Evans???

    Only they believe in a wash up because of their past affiliations with him!!!

  21. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 22, 2013 10:46 PM

    Manningham is only 26!

  22. pcoz99 says: May 22, 2013 11:58 PM

    Moss is the answer if they’ll throw to him!!! Ridiculous how they used him last yr.

  23. ilovefoolsball says: May 23, 2013 12:58 PM

    Anyone who thinks he will be back midseason is DREAMING.
    This is a serious injury that could result in life long consequences if you rush it back. This kind of injury would end a player’s career back in the day.

    Even with a successful surgery and rehab he will still have the mental hurdle of testing out that achilles and he will NO DOUBT lose a step.

    You don’t injure this tendon without losing a step. No two ways about it.

    The niners were sooo lucky last year with the injury bug with the Smith exception. That RARELY happens two years in a row.

    History doesn’t lie. The last time a Superbowl loser returned to the superbowl the following year (without the aid of spygate) was in 1998. The Buffalo Bills.

    There is a reason for that and it’s not just coincidence.

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