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49ers place Michael Crabtree on PUP list

Michael Crabtree, Josh Gordy AP

The 49ers have long contended that wide receiver Michael Crabtree will return to help them this season, but they have a pretty good idea that he’ll miss at least the first six weeks of the year.

Crabtree tore his Achilles during the offseason and coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that the team will place him on the active PUP list to start camp. Harbaugh also said that the 49ers “feel very good about where he is right now” in his rehab and Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com gave no indication that they’ve stopped feeling Crabtree can contribute to the team at some point this season.

Obviously it is no surprise that Crabtree won’t be practicing with the 49ers, but the choice to put him on the PUP list is significant. He can now move onto the reserve PUP list come the regular season, which forces him to miss the first six games of the season before a three-week window opens to take the player off the list. There are then three more weeks for him to practice before he must be activated or shut down for the remainder of the season.

It will take some time before we know how Crabtree’s rehab will go, but handling things this way leaves open the 49ers’ spot for a player to be placed on injured reserve with the possibility of returning to the team later in the season. Knowing Crabtree’s general timeline allows them to use the PUP list while keeping open the possibility of another late season return to bolster their roster down the road.

 

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13 Responses to “49ers place Michael Crabtree on PUP list”
  1. jhein23 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:10 PM

    Even if he plays later this season I don’t expect him to look anything like the guy he was in 2012. At the very best case scenario he serves as a pedestrian #3 receiver in the playoffs.

  2. jayniner says: Jul 22, 2013 5:10 PM

    We know, we know, no need to rub it in. Praying Manningham will be ready to go at least…

  3. Iknoweverything says: Jul 22, 2013 5:16 PM

    No WR threats. A forever ruined TE, who will never ever want to be lit up again by the Legion If Doom. An overhyped, one hit wonder for a QB.

    Too easy for the Seahawks to own the division. FortyWHiners simply do not have the talent to match up anymore, and the temper tamtrum throwing HC cant out coach the genius in Seattle.

    Niner nation wants what Seattle has so badly……a dominate teambready to go on a decade long run of NFC West ownership

  4. dgreenfi says: Jul 22, 2013 5:19 PM

    49ers have all the rumblings of a team who misses the playoffs after losign the Super Bowl.

    1. Stronger divisional foes
    2. Top WR out
    3. 30 yr old RB
    4. QB w 5 starts who has hit up the media circuit
    5. Changes in the secondary
    6. Difficult schedule, especially early

    They are talented for sure, but I won’t be the least bit surprised if they finish with 7-8 wins.

  5. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    Just take it easy and get healthy. The Niners will make sure the next man steps up and as always our main arsenal is the run game.

    He is integral for the future of this team so no sense in rushing it.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  6. pop562 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:46 PM

    Crabtree should just take his time to get 100% healthy. Next year, he will be playing for an extended contract so what’s the point of coming back too early then having a setback or getting injured again. Yes Crabtree is Colin go to guy but it’s time for Colin to connect with all the other players because spreading the ball around makes each player a weapon.

  7. rvxtc42 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:21 PM

    Kaep will be just like the old Jim Kelly of Buffalo…always a bridesmaid never the bride. LOL

  8. eastcoastninerfan says: Jul 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    Kaep will be just like the old Jim Kelly of Buffalo…always a bridesmaid never the bride. LOL

    ———

    WOW! After 10 starts your comparing him to a HOF QB. I won’t go that far but will say he’s a good, young quarterback.

  9. naturallight99 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:03 PM

    I busted my achilles on May 18, just a few days before Crabtree. Here was/is my timeline:

    Month 1: cast for first week, then crutches/scooter. No walking since boot is pointed downward.
    Month 2: Boot moved to 90 degrees, walking with boot, lots of band exercises to get back strength and movement, gym for general leg work.
    Month 3: Walking (very carefully) w/o boot. Lots of physical therapy, all sorts of ankle flexibility/strengthening, lots of balance work. I am one week into Month 3.
    Months 4-6: achilles should be healed at end of Month 3, so you can finally start stretching it. Lots more PT.

    Since he is a pro athlete he is probably sitting in an oxygen chamber each day. Maybe acupuncture or PRP too.

    Guys I know who were playing sports 5-6 months after the bust say they still only felt 90% a year later.

  10. truehawkfan11 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:18 PM

    With Crabtree out, it’s gonna force Kaep to get comfortable with his other receivers. Could be a good thing. Like my hawks, they have the run game, and the defense to keep them in games, so only time will tell.

  11. bigswif1911 says: Jul 23, 2013 7:52 AM

    Do Seahawks fans read all Niner articles? You’d think they would have been better than to make the playoffs w the BS call vs Packs

  12. mack2x says: Jul 23, 2013 12:03 PM

    Wishful thinking on the 49ers part. No way he plays this year after tearing his Achilles

  13. jayniner says: Jul 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    dgreenfi says:

    49ers have all the rumblings of a team who misses the playoffs after losign the Super Bowl.

    1. Stronger divisional foes
    2. Top WR out
    3. 30 yr old RB
    4. QB w 5 starts who has hit up the media circuit
    5. Changes in the secondary
    6. Difficult schedule, especially early

    They are talented for sure, but I won’t be the least bit surprised if they finish with 7-8 wins.

    ________________________________

    You’re a special kind of stupid, aren’t you?

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