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Michael Crabtree suffers torn Achilles in workout

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The 49ers suffered a major blow during OTAs, as wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered what could be a season-ending injury.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Crabtree tore his Achilles during a workout Tuesday, and will need surgery to repair the injury.

While players such as Terrell Suggs and Da’Quan Bowers have come back in the same season from such injuries, those cases are rare.

The 25-year-old Crabtree emerged as a threat last year, with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns, and an impressive postseason.

Without him, the 49ers offense doesn’t look nearly as potent.

They haven’t shown any interest in bringing back Randy Moss, and though they acquired Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Ravens, they now lack a proven downfield threat.

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171 Responses to “Michael Crabtree suffers torn Achilles in workout”
  1. mackcarrington says: May 22, 2013 2:00 PM

    Wow~! Now we’ll see if HGH is all that it’s cracked up to be.

  2. nobby821 says: May 22, 2013 2:00 PM

    first huge loss of the offseason.

    Get well soon crusty Crab

  3. dusty does ... says: May 22, 2013 2:01 PM

    your move Seahawks!

  4. twilson962 says: May 22, 2013 2:01 PM

    Whoa! That sucks.

  5. pixelito says: May 22, 2013 2:02 PM

    Shame, he was finally on his way.

  6. conner87 says: May 22, 2013 2:02 PM

    Huge loss for the Niners wishing him a speedy recovery! The niners will need Patton and Jenkins to step it up now.

  7. rmzthefirst says: May 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    Bummer…!

  8. 8ovie8 says: May 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    OUCH. Pun Intended.

  9. bigperm33 says: May 22, 2013 2:03 PM

    some have come back faster from this injury (said in a clearer way, some have used performance enhancing drugs to be able to come back faster than anyone else ever with this same injury).

  10. hittinhawks says: May 22, 2013 2:04 PM

    That sucks

  11. surfinbird1 says: May 22, 2013 2:04 PM

    Accident waiting to happen.

  12. explosionsauce says: May 22, 2013 2:04 PM

    Pics or it never happened

  13. pencilmonkeymagic says: May 22, 2013 2:04 PM

    Oops. That could give Kaepernick some passing issues…

  14. sampsonswag01 says: May 22, 2013 2:05 PM

    Damn.

  15. antalicus says: May 22, 2013 2:05 PM

    I still think Randy could have had a bigger role last year. With Anquan taking off some of the heat he could be good again.

  16. dwarftosser says: May 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    Wow. This might tip the scales to make the Packers the NFC favorites again…

  17. jacunn2000 says: May 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    Lack of off season training. He was just starting to come out of his bust phase too. Bummer.

  18. mercurialcj says: May 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    Kaepernick already trending down this year. It’s a slippery slope.

  19. dannyreneau says: May 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    That is a rough blow to the 49ers. as a Seahawks fan this is good news, but I’d rather the niners be at full tilt when we play them. Tough loss, sorry Niners fans.

  20. kd75 says: May 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    Next man up, Mario…

  21. sampsonswag01 says: May 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    Suddenly Lockette looks like a lock for a roster spot………

  22. raqaiw says: May 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    Anquan Boldin to the rescue!

  23. jwcarlson says: May 22, 2013 2:07 PM

    They had better hope Patton brought his big boy shoes from LSU.

  24. nonetruerthanblue says: May 22, 2013 2:07 PM

    Did you see A. Boldin last year?? He’s a viable downfield/short yardage/sideline/screen/anywhereyouneedemtobe threat you can imagine.

    The deal for Boldin looks that much better.

  25. vertskate900 says: May 22, 2013 2:07 PM

    I remember his pathetic holdout when he was drafted. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving jerk.

  26. habsfanatic says: May 22, 2013 2:08 PM

    Whoa, huge loss… niners may have to make a trade to fill that role now.

  27. We need Bud Grant says: May 22, 2013 2:09 PM

    I bet Greg Jennings wished he would have waited and not signed with my Vikes….

  28. lancevine says: May 22, 2013 2:09 PM

    As a lifelong Cowboy fan I hate the 49ers, but I hate to see this more.

  29. mobuccsfan says: May 22, 2013 2:09 PM

    Not to worry, they still have three other number one receivers on the team–just ask Jim Harbaugh, he said so last year that they had five number one receivers. So no Moss, and no Crabs? No worries. Plus they picked up Boldin, so it is like they have four number one receivers!

    In seriousness though…it’s crazy when players can go down with such drastic injuries in OTAs of all things. Not even training camps yet–OTAs?

    Think they might throw out a one-year vet minimum incentive-laden contract to Moss? I mean he does already know the offense. Moss and Boldin would be quite a sight to see. 9ers’ fans shouldn’t worry so much–that Patton kid is going to be good I have a feeling. Just depends on how quick he comes along. Sadly, I think he (a fourth rounder) ends up better than Jenkins (the first rounder from last year). JMO.

  30. anaheim2dafullest says: May 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    somewhere T.O. says hell yes…..Niners still say Hell N.O.

  31. siggtacular says: May 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    Huge blow

  32. bmoreravens1012013 says: May 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    Can somebody say “uh-oh”?. That sound you hear is 49er fans jaws dropping. Still a great organization so I’m sure they will find a way to still be in the hunt, but I’m sure “Seaderall Seahawks” fans arent upset one bit. (sorry Seahawks fans but I had to get that out just once)

  33. violentbynature says: May 22, 2013 2:11 PM

    As a Seahawk fan, man this sucks, just because the 9ers are our rivals doesn’t mean I wish this on them or any team, other than Dallas. Hope he pulls an Adrian Peterson. Good luck MC.

  34. joshm5683 says: May 22, 2013 2:11 PM

    As a 49ers fan I hope he uses all the HGH or PEDs he can get his hands onto…….unfortunately from a medical perspective, as a tendon has limited blood flow, any PEDs will have a pretty minimal impact. Yes, it will help, but not as much as 1 would think.

  35. rublestiltzkin says: May 22, 2013 2:11 PM

    I understand this may come off as childish, and a bit of a low blow, which makes me feel more comfortable doing so as a seahawks fan: hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah, whoa! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha,…..oh ya, thats awesome

  36. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 22, 2013 2:11 PM

    This really, really, really, really hurts the Niners chances this season. Crab and Kaep are (were) in lockstep. Huge blow to the Niners :-(

  37. platinumraider32 says: May 22, 2013 2:12 PM

    I’ve torn my achilles and how some of these guys came back within a year is beyond me. Being that he is a Wideout I can’t see him coming back in the same year.

    Torn achilles are routinely season ending injuries regardless of when they happen.

    He should be good for 14′ season though!!!!!

    Get well soon Tree!!!!!!!! Wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Easily the most painful thing I have ever experienced!!!!!

  38. skybox22blog says: May 22, 2013 2:12 PM

    Karma, very nice

  39. mistercharitystripe34 says: May 22, 2013 2:12 PM

    Very unfortunate news for Crabtree and the 49ers. Just as he was emerging into a major threat. Pressure will be on Manningham, K. Williams, Quinton Patton and especially A.J. Jenkins to produce. The silver lining is that perhaps Crabtree might be healthy enough to return with 2-3 weeks left in the season. We’ll see. It will be interesting to see how Kaepernick and the offense responds this season.

  40. gillespie138 says: May 22, 2013 2:12 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. granadafan says: May 22, 2013 2:13 PM

    Dangit!

  42. skybox22blog says: May 22, 2013 2:13 PM

    I’m sure the league will give them an extra first round pick because of this.

  43. jjthesportsguy says: May 22, 2013 2:13 PM

    Yeah I definitely see this being a step back year for the 9ers. It is tough to play at that high level without injuries for more than 1-2 years. Just ask the Packers about injuries.

  44. matthewcarlson1 says: May 22, 2013 2:13 PM

    Sucks to be him huh? I guess good for the 9ers that Coaches brother just gave them Boldin.

  45. seattlecoug says: May 22, 2013 2:13 PM

    As a Hawks fan, that sucks. Hope he comes back 100% – the SF/Sea rivalry is going to be great for many years.

  46. sampsonswag01 says: May 22, 2013 2:14 PM

    “….Patton brought his big boy shoes from LSU.”

    —————————————-

    You mean LA-Tech…..

  47. gorwr12 says: May 22, 2013 2:14 PM

    Three words: Deer Antler Spray

  48. kag0331 says: May 22, 2013 2:14 PM

    Looks like we will see in JENKINS is any good if he isn’t starting now just cut the chump… step up or shut up time for him!!

  49. golforepar says: May 22, 2013 2:14 PM

    The guy trash talks Charles Woodson gets karma!

  50. zillabeast says: May 22, 2013 2:15 PM

    Vernon Davis: 100 catch season. Book it.

  51. 6ball says: May 22, 2013 2:15 PM

    .

    The perfect example of why all the offseason, ” my team is better than your team ” is meaningless.

    I prefer to know who’s in uniform come December.

    .

  52. michaeljacksonisback says: May 22, 2013 2:15 PM

    Rams win the NFC west guaranteed

  53. lynchmobb12 says: May 22, 2013 2:16 PM

    Crab was just taking the step to the next level! As much as i hate the 9ers, this is Sad news, heres to a speedy recovery!

  54. sampsonswag01 says: May 22, 2013 2:16 PM

    Time for Jenkins to be the 1st rounder he was drafted to be, Patton to be the “General” we need him to be and Lockette to be the presence we need him to be.

    Q……you just be you!

    Keep your chins up #49er nation….still a lot of talent on that roster…A LOT of talent……

  55. marjorine1 says: May 22, 2013 2:17 PM

    Time to get some HGH! You’ll be fine in NO TIME!

  56. zoogleea says: May 22, 2013 2:18 PM

    Ha! Here’s hoping DHB has a great year and makes Crabgrass look like the bust he was until last year.

  57. sampsonswag01 says: May 22, 2013 2:18 PM

    skybox22blog says:
    May 22, 2013 2:12 PM
    Karma, very nice

    ————————————

    How in any way is this karma? For what?

  58. supremekingz says: May 22, 2013 2:18 PM

    Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!

  59. bordner says: May 22, 2013 2:18 PM

    That’s too bad – you hate to see anyone get injured, especially a potential season-ending injury. And I’ve never had one, but a torn achilles sounds terrible.

    Fortunately, according to 49er fans, they have the best players and backups at every position and the best draft ever, so they should be OK.

  60. garyhd01 says: May 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    ram fan here but still feel bad for the guy my rams kept getting hurt the last few years and I read the niners had no injuries or at least IR type to either side of the ball last year the odds dictate that aint supposed to happen

  61. ninerfan81 says: May 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    devastating for me because I saw the chemistry he and Kap developed last season, Crab was also huge on 3rd down, this hurts bad, its a huge blow

  62. acromartieismydad says: May 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    rublestiltzkin says:

    I understand this may come off as childish, and a bit of a low blow, which makes me feel more comfortable doing so as a seahawks fan: hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah, whoa! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha,…..oh ya, thats awesome
    ______________________

    Thanks for making us Hawks fans look awesome. After the past week of bad press the Hawks got, we have no place to mock another team even the 9ers or their fans especially for an season ending injury.

  63. rockthered1286 says: May 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    FOLKS…. Boldin is NOT a deep threat. He is not fast. He has issues with separation. He is a slot guy. So to those saying “good thing for Boldin” realize that his inside game would have no bearing on the outside game. They need a deep threat. PERIOD.

  64. 4t9er says: May 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    He had a great connection with Kaepernick, I was looking forward for a full season with both of them.

  65. brstevens says: May 22, 2013 2:23 PM

    Did you see A. Boldin last year?? He’s a viable downfield/short yardage/sideline/screen/anywhereyouneedemtobe threat you can imagine.

    —-

    I love Anquan Boldin, but part of the reason the Ravens wanted him to take a pay cut is because they need him to be a downfield threat and he’s simply not, even if he is a threat all of the other ways listed.

  66. greyhawk9 says: May 22, 2013 2:23 PM

    uh oh…..somebody didn’t stretch out properly.

  67. boswivel says: May 22, 2013 2:25 PM

    Apparently his biceps fell off as well.

  68. scoops1 says: May 22, 2013 2:25 PM

    Cruzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  69. shutupandfknlisten says: May 22, 2013 2:25 PM

    More than just a season ender… He’s probably done with the Niners @ this point and will be lucky to still have a productive career after this.

  70. ridingwithnohandlebars says: May 22, 2013 2:26 PM

    Next man up.

  71. leftygun says: May 22, 2013 2:27 PM

    Niners have been EXTREMELY fortunate the last two years in terms of injuries. They’re starting to catch up now.

  72. vaster says: May 22, 2013 2:27 PM

    Who’s Kaepernick going to throw to 4 straight times with 1 minute left in the Super Bowl.?

  73. gnarlswoodson says: May 22, 2013 2:28 PM

    boo hoo

  74. commonsensedude says: May 22, 2013 2:28 PM

    I can’t stand the 49ers but I also can’t stand to see this thing happen – especially at this point in the year. Best wishes to Crabtree for a speedy recovery.

  75. dvdman123 says: May 22, 2013 2:28 PM

    Boldin is not and never has been a deep threat so the Niner’s have a big hole to fill.

  76. andrewproughcfe says: May 22, 2013 2:28 PM

    Crazy! How quickly those “windows of opportunity” slam shut on you.

    Welcome to the top seed in the NFC, Seattle.

  77. jwcarlson says: May 22, 2013 2:28 PM

    sampsonswag01 says:
    May 22, 2013 2:14 PM
    “….Patton brought his big boy shoes from LSU.”

    —————————————-

    You mean LA-Tech…..

    ——————————

    Yes, I did. :) Matt Flynn on my mind I guess. ;)

  78. jerseytap says: May 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    Somewhere Victor Cruz is salivating

  79. onbucky96 says: May 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    Week 1 for the Pack just got a little easier. Harbaugh will no doubt say something stupid about next man up, we’re a team, blah blah blah. America, feel free to jump off the 49ers bandwagon anytime now…

  80. sfniners4life says: May 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    Man that hurts cause Crabtree was becoming the impact wr we drafted and was expecting a big season this year. Also Crabtree was looking for a extension and I’m sure this will hurt that and to u Seattle fans hating atleast he didn’t get suspended for drugs.

  81. tbk201 says: May 22, 2013 2:30 PM

    See if Boldin has the number for Ray-Ray’s doctor.

  82. ispokethetruth says: May 22, 2013 2:30 PM

    HUGE loss for them. He was coming into his own and on his way to being a TOP 10 receiver in the NFL but this is a setback.

  83. johnthehillboy says: May 22, 2013 2:31 PM

    And the Chargers trade Robert Meachem to the 49ers for Daniel Kilgore.

  84. psuorioles says: May 22, 2013 2:31 PM

    That sucks… never want to see that happen to a player no matter who your team is.

  85. jmck23 says: May 22, 2013 2:31 PM

    Hahaha! Now we know why Crabtree never does training camp!

  86. MasMacho says: May 22, 2013 2:32 PM

    Bummer. I do so hate the niners, but I hate to see this too. Sad for him, he was just getting to the point where he was productive.

  87. asimonetti88 says: May 22, 2013 2:33 PM

    Ouch that hurts. Hopefully Manningham is healthy or the passing game might suffer. I still believe in Kaepernick though!

  88. coltsfreek says: May 22, 2013 2:33 PM

    just throw up prayers every game to Boldin and you’ll win a super bowl…

  89. bpeterson464 says: May 22, 2013 2:34 PM

    Damn, that sucks guys. He was just starting to come into his own. Just rotten luck. I thought it was bad for my ‘Hawks when Greg Scruggs went down, but this is a whole different level.

    Oh, and for logicalvoices if he shows up, get out, this is a serious thing that the redskins have no business in.

  90. robage says: May 22, 2013 2:34 PM

    There is Always Titus Young

  91. ninerssince84 says: May 22, 2013 2:35 PM

    Wow….just why….?

  92. jphavig says: May 22, 2013 2:36 PM

    Al Davis knew this would happen.

  93. myosin10 says: May 22, 2013 2:36 PM

    I’m sending him 6 kits of HGH. He will be back mid season.

  94. supesfan34 says: May 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    Even as a Seahawk fan I hate to see this. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery.

    As someone who plays fantasy football, I was thinking Crabtree was going to be a great pickup this year. Bummed about that.

  95. ehill3420 says: May 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    A collective hug for the Niner Nation. Now, lace up, suit up, and bust up every opponent you face.

  96. SeenThisB4 says: May 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    How do you tear an achilles tendon during no contact, half speed OTA’s? What a wuss. And where are the trainers?

  97. 13xworldchamps says: May 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    Too bad, no matter what team you hate to see a good player go down this way. last year the 9ers sailed through a season with little or no Injury, I think they led the league in games played by their starters…..I guess now we’ll see how they handle the adversity.

  98. shayeezy says: May 22, 2013 2:39 PM

    who’s got it better than us?

  99. bossplayer213 says: May 22, 2013 2:40 PM

    HUGE blow to the 49ers offense. The QB change to Kaepernick really showed his potential. Thought this was going to be the year that solidified him as a top WR.

    Tough injury especially for a WR. Any other WR’s who have torn their achillies recently? How did they recover?

  100. b3nz0z says: May 22, 2013 2:40 PM

    i smell a trade

  101. hawkfan50 says: May 22, 2013 2:40 PM

    Hawk fan here ; here’s hoping he recovers soon , torn achilles could be career threatening , and you never want to see that . Manningham will have to step up for them . Knowing that team , they’ll work around it and be fine – still a huge blow .

    Someone posted a comment about the Rams winning the division ; I wouldn’t take that team lightly either . Welcome to the NFC West , where you’re probably going to get your ass kicked if you’re a team outside the division . Toughest division in the NFL .

  102. winkeroni says: May 22, 2013 2:41 PM

    CK better learn to find VD.

  103. seahawkfan4evr says: May 22, 2013 2:41 PM

    that sucks hope he has a speedy recovery.

  104. buddysguys says: May 22, 2013 2:43 PM

    injury prone.

  105. ilovefoolsball says: May 22, 2013 2:43 PM

    Good thing they have all that “depth”.

    Maybe they can get the guy they drafted that never played American football to replace him.

    But in all seriousness congrats to SF on getting the superbowl. It will make history as the first superbowl city to have more homeless people than football fans.

  106. hawkdawg88 says: May 22, 2013 2:44 PM

    Actually, Boldin can be a downfield threat, but not in the traditional sense. He doesn’t get separation at all, and his speed is average at best. But when he’s deep, and one on one with a CB, and it’s a jump ball situation, that dude will make the catch.

  107. biglaj007 says: May 22, 2013 2:47 PM

    This is one reason why analysts should never pick a SB winner during the off-season. I believed some already crown the 49ers as champ.

  108. japmen says: May 22, 2013 2:47 PM

    The NFC West just got even more interesting. Kaepernick, get your running shoes back on.

  109. coltzfan166 says: May 22, 2013 2:49 PM

    I know, why don’t they get that guy A.J. Jenkins some more reps? After all, they used a first rounder on him…

  110. hedleykow says: May 22, 2013 2:49 PM

    Terrible day for Crabtree. Sorry Niner fans.

    I had a season ending injury one year when my NFL Sunday Ticket subscription was cancelled for non-payment.

    That was bad enough.

  111. johngaltwho says: May 22, 2013 2:49 PM

    As Packer fans, we know firsthand that despite the collective panic attack when teams lose high performing starters to injury, solid teams make the adjustments and continue to play at a high level. Packers will more than have their work cut out for them going to San Fran for the opener.

  112. baymac408 says: May 22, 2013 2:50 PM

    This really sucks.. Crab is my favorite player and he will be missed! Hope and wishing for a speedy recovery! We got your back Crab come back stronger!

  113. lombardiwinners2013 says: May 22, 2013 2:52 PM

    Boldin isn’t as good without Flacco putting it in tight windows. Oh yea, he’s also 32. Good luck moving the chains through the air!

  114. phinfan says: May 22, 2013 2:54 PM

    VD’s draft stock just went up

  115. clssylssy says: May 22, 2013 2:54 PM

    Oh man…that really sucks but at least it’s early and hopefully, with immediate treatment and quality rehab he’ll still play this year. In the meantime, the 9ers need to sign a high caliber player like Victor Cruz, Randy Moss or even TO to fill the bill in the interrim. I could see Cruz fitting right into the 9ers and both Randy Moss and TO would have the opportunity to kickstart their careers into a possible comeback. Not a 9ers fan but love what they have done with identifying and signing talent to build a team of elite players capable of winning the SB this year!

  116. iheartfootballz says: May 22, 2013 2:55 PM

    Brandon Lloyd, Randy Moss, Brandon Stokely, or Steve Breaston could all possibly be serviceable as a replacement. That said, they will need their rookies to step up. Also hurts them even more now that D. Walker signed with my Titans, as that is one less pass catcher for them.

    Crappy timing as it seemed that he was starting to finally “get it” and the offense was starting to “gel”. Two cliches, one sentence…booya

  117. FinFan68 says: May 22, 2013 2:56 PM

    Is it a confirmed tear or is this another of his annual attempts to not go to training camp?

  118. seatownballers says: May 22, 2013 2:57 PM

    A blow for the niners. But sf is deep with talent.

    And all those saying sign cruz are crazy. Niners can’t afford him. Besides he’s a slot reciever not a #1

  119. thraiderskin says: May 22, 2013 2:59 PM

    For the man… I feel terrible for him, but as a player, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer organization.

  120. jhtobias says: May 22, 2013 3:00 PM

    First off know one should ever cheer for the injury of a player regardless of how you feel about the team or their fanbase..

    Niner fans one thing is face from last year your team was injury free except for justin smith at the end of the year.. Time to see what your team is made of.

    Once again i hope mr crabtree can resume his career at full strength.

    Niner fans welcome to the realm of adversity. Teams you beat last year such as green bay played withour 6-8 key starters most of the year since you love ripping on them because of one playoff victory and well deserved will see what kind of team you have when 1 of your only two playmakers goes down..

    lets see how good kapernick really is with no true number 1 wideout

  121. briank1ne says: May 22, 2013 3:01 PM

    Stay Faithful My Friends. We are still a threat and something else is going to develop this year.

  122. unklepaulhargus says: May 22, 2013 3:04 PM

    If Eagles start slow, Niners overpay in a trade for Desean Jackson. Chip gonna start dumping Andy’s guys for pics if wheels fall off.

  123. jmammy01 says: May 22, 2013 3:06 PM

    call ray lewis up and get some deer antler spray

  124. fegaben says: May 22, 2013 3:09 PM

    He must have hurt it pushing off on Jimmy Smith in the Super Bowl.

  125. schmitty2 says: May 22, 2013 3:09 PM

    Tough week for the Niner’s and Seahawks. I think people need to start looking at the Ram’s seriously. This is no 2 pony race IMO

  126. zenrooster says: May 22, 2013 3:10 PM

    Feel bad for him even as a Hawks fan.

    But after all that trash talking about Carroll cheating, Karma is a bitch, ain’t it 49er fans?

  127. eatitfanboy says: May 22, 2013 3:11 PM

    Randy Moss was heard muttering under his breath “Jeez, God, I didn’t pray for you to injure him THAT badly”.

  128. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 22, 2013 3:19 PM

    Its OK, with that line and those running backs and that QB, they could run every play and beat more than half the schedule!!
    Go niners, Get well Crabs!!!!

  129. u4iadman says: May 22, 2013 3:19 PM

    Knucklehead…..”Lack a proven threat downfield”. did you see Anquan play last year?!!!!

  130. green41563 says: May 22, 2013 3:19 PM

    As little as 10 years ago, this was a career-altering injury. Not so much anymore.

  131. chawk12thman says: May 22, 2013 3:20 PM

    Sorry to hear this news. Really am looking to see the NFC West dominate this and next few years. Hope he comes back to form and helps keep the fun rivarly that is starting to develop between SF/SEA going.

  132. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: May 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    Dang I really wanted this guy as a high end sleeper in fantasy!

  133. themackstrong says: May 22, 2013 3:23 PM

    Not saying I am happy about this because I want to see the best team out there. 49ers have not faced key losses up until last year. This is reality of nearly every team out there to have players step up when key player goes down. AJ Jenkins?? Manningham?? Looking very very thin behind Boldin.

  134. uncletuna says: May 22, 2013 3:26 PM

    Hello, yes, Randy Moss?

    This is San Fran, we were thinking of giving you a second chance…

  135. SAV says: May 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    Lol just wait till old man Boldin breaks down…

    Ravens repeat!

  136. cali49er707 says: May 22, 2013 3:32 PM

    No comment

    Depressed 9er fan

  137. overratedsteelerhater says: May 22, 2013 3:35 PM

    niners fans should know what boldin can do
    sure torched them in super bowl. going to
    need someone else,good luck.jim needs to ask john how suggs came back so fast..

  138. scmems07 says: May 22, 2013 3:35 PM

    Sucks niner’s, now your receiving crew and passing game will just be a lot better than the cheathawks instead of “a million miles ahead” of them. I’m sure you will still win 12 games and edge out the rams who will be a close second in the division.

  139. ppdoc13 says: May 22, 2013 3:38 PM

    Huge loss for the niners. The trade for Q was fortuitous, but he is not and really never has been a big downfield threat. I didn’t think Crabtree was that fast either. Their best downfield threat is Vernon Davis. Harbs will help them overcome but this is a big blow to the development of their qb. He needs his #1 receiver to take the next step

  140. texansdude says: May 22, 2013 3:39 PM

    That truly stinks, 9er fans.

  141. eaglesw00t says: May 22, 2013 3:41 PM

    Man, that sucks tough.

    When the Eagles lost Jason Peters last year due to a torn achilles, it was an awful feeling.

    I imagine 49ers fans are feeling just as bad right now.

    Im not sure how equal losing an all pro LT is to a very very good WR, but it still sucks either way.

    Heal fast Crabtree, Im pulling for you!

  142. harrisbarton says: May 22, 2013 3:42 PM

    Real simple. Next man up. Crabtree’s injury happened early enough for the coaches to get it figured out.

    Crabtree is in the last year of his contract. How does this affect his market value after this season? Could this give the Niners a better chance of re-signing him, or will he still go to the Cowboys as planned.

  143. 4thquartermagic says: May 22, 2013 3:42 PM

    “Combination of Deer antler spray and God, you’ll be good as new for the Super Bowl.”

    -Ray

  144. afcdomination says: May 22, 2013 3:42 PM

    not a 49er fan or anything, but as a fan of football and the intense competition and excitement that is building in the nfc west, as well as someone who can understand the pain behind such an injury….I say, this SUCKS.

    sorry 49er fans. this is a major blow, and it sucks for crabtree who at 25 was finally finding it.

  145. kapdatruth49ers says: May 22, 2013 3:43 PM

    For the mad scientist known as jim harbaugh this just gives him more of a reason to use a 3 headed back field with Boldin and Davis on the field. And for NBC deleting my first comment LOL dont be sensitive just write facts. Crabtree is not a downfield threat his yards came on YAC not long passes.

  146. brownsclown says: May 22, 2013 3:43 PM

    Time to bring back Braylon ‘Hands of Stone’ Edwards.
    He would be a real threat to the 49ers!

  147. dirtydrew says: May 22, 2013 3:44 PM

    Because of his rookie holdout, he will have missed 1 1/2 seasons of a 4 year deal. This puts his big money second deal in jeopardy.

  148. navyeoddavee9 says: May 22, 2013 3:44 PM

    Boldin is a possession guy, catches almost everything. But he is not a replacement for Crabtree. He doesn’t have the speed for a vertical downfield threat.

  149. jayniner says: May 22, 2013 3:45 PM

    Yeah, we’re screwed because all we had was Crabtree……it’s not like we have Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, Mario Manningham, AJ Jenkins, Quinton Patton, Kyle Williams……seems like I’m forgetting someone……oh yeah, Colin Kaepernick!

    …..and don’t forget the best all-around running game in the league with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore Anthony Dixon.

    ….oh wait, we DO have all these players along with the best defense in the game?

    Yeah, we’re screwed all right….

  150. afcdomination says: May 22, 2013 3:45 PM

    do 49er fans have faith in AJ Jenkins? as basically this is his best shot to jump in there and get some reps and prove himself

  151. taintedsaints2009 says: May 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    Mario Manningham will fill that role nicely. no need for panic.

  152. ravensfranzy says: May 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    Wow, sorry 9ers fan. You’ll be fine though.

  153. lgbarn says: May 22, 2013 3:50 PM

    mackcarrington says:
    May 22, 2013 2:00 PM
    Wow~! Now we’ll see if HGH is all that it’s cracked up to be.

    __________________________________

    Or Deer Antler spray

  154. deathonwings410 says: May 22, 2013 3:50 PM

    Luckily they got Q. Boldin.

  155. taintedsaints2009 says: May 22, 2013 3:50 PM

    if HGH or “deer antler spray” could help repair this injury, would it really be a problem? i don’t see anything wrong with taking a so called “banned substance” to come back from injuries.

  156. isphet71 says: May 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    I was selling 49ers stock even before this happened. Kaepernik isn’t going to sneak up on anyone this year, and the 49ers are going to be the game that every team puts an asterisk by this year.

    They’ll be lucky to win a playoff game this year. Too tough of a gauntlet to run with Crabtree out and Kaepernik such a big question mark.

  157. baymac408 says: May 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    Forever FAITHFUL NINERS fans!! We will be ok.. Get healthy GO NINERA

  158. navyeoddavee9 says: May 22, 2013 3:56 PM

    Boldin is a possession guy, catches almost everything. But he is not a replacement for Crabtree. He doesn’t have the speed for a vertical downfield threat!

  159. sb34champs says: May 22, 2013 3:57 PM

    Finally the injury bug hits someone in the division besides my rams. I hope it hurts whiner fans, cuz its about time you get a taste of what it feels like. Hopefully Russell Wilson is next!

    #RamsOnTheRise

  160. lucaniners says: May 22, 2013 4:03 PM

    this sucks big time

  161. justintuckrule says: May 22, 2013 4:03 PM

    KMA to all the posters who thumbs downed my comment yesterday about OTAs being a dumb waste of time and not worth the injury risk.

  162. kapdatruth49ers says: May 22, 2013 4:05 PM

    Why is Kapernick a question mark? Cause he out did every other so called 1st year QB, in only 10 games? Niners will just be a run heavy team again like they were with Smith 2 years ago and guess what they still made the NFC title game that year too lol.

  163. channer81 says: May 22, 2013 4:09 PM

    Who comes back first. Crab or Kobe?

  164. hedleykow says: May 22, 2013 4:10 PM

    It’s not usually the loss of one player that kills a program — the loss of depth is the real killer. One more main guy at that position goes down, and it’s lights out, no questions asked.

  165. JSpicoli says: May 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    Crabfoot is not a proven downfield threat as much as he is a possession receiver.

  166. washstnative says: May 22, 2013 4:26 PM

    Would have loved to see the Legion of Boom shutting Crabtree down this season. Speedy recovery and see you next year.

    #Go Hawks

  167. lagg1 says: May 22, 2013 7:32 PM

    SF is loaded. They will find a replacement somehow. This is unfortunate since Crabtree is a good player and a key to their offense. They have Boldin now and believe me he will step up. Go Niners!

  168. shovelhunter says: May 22, 2013 7:53 PM

    That’s a shame. It appeared as if the lights had finally turned on for this young man last season. Bummer

  169. otis52gsh says: May 22, 2013 8:12 PM

    Just don’t think this is a huge loss. I believe he is incredibly overrated.

  170. tshirttom says: May 23, 2013 7:34 AM

    Time to call T O

  171. rippincurls says: May 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    This sucks for Crabtree, but the Niners need to look more veteran help at wideout: Boldin, Manningham, and ______? (fill the blank)

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