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Harbaugh is coy about Crabtree’s return

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Two-plus weeks ago, the window opened for 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree to return to practice.

On Tuesday, coach Jim Harbaugh tried to avoid providing a timetable for Crabtree’s arrival.

Asked if Crabtree’s return in a few weeks is “still doable,” Harbaugh had this to say:  “That’s doable.  I’m not going to make any proclamations or profound statements, but he’s right on track for, at some point here, weeks.”

Asked if the middle of November is the target, Harbaugh stuck to his non-specific guns:  “Some amount of weeks.”

Under the rules applicable to the physically unable to perform list, the player can return to practice at any point between Week Six and Week 11.  Once the player returns to practice, a three-week window opens to put the player on the active roster or shut him down for the rest of the year.

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41 Responses to “Harbaugh is coy about Crabtree’s return”
  1. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Oct 29, 2013 5:48 PM

    Niners are playing really good football right now. Crabtree was one of the top 3 receivers in the NFC last year so his return can only help.

    Kevin Lynch of the SF Chronicle was on Bay Area radio yesterday talking about how bad Kaepernick’s foot was really hurt weeks 2-5. He was hobbled for sure.

    Not the case anymore. Kaepernick has been running like a Gazelle again the last two weeks.

    I’m pretty confident the Niners will be playing the Gold Tate Taunt-Hawks for all the marbles January 19th for a trip to…wait for it…NEW YORK CITY?

  2. sinclairsrevenge says: Oct 29, 2013 5:55 PM

    trade him for Jared Allen and one of the Vike’s draft picks

  3. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 29, 2013 5:58 PM

    Six.

  4. dirtysouthniner says: Oct 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    Seven

  5. swaggyy says: Oct 29, 2013 6:31 PM

    Crabtree or not, Seattle is still the superior team.

    GO HAWKS 7-1 1ST IN THE NFC WEST.

  6. norcalmafia says: Oct 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    Seattle is superior? Lol…hahahahahah..Better step up your offense..You guys have squeeked three road wins by a hair on your chin..Your defense is good but your offense is actually quite pathetic and your midget kiss ass qb is going to have a tough time in the Stick..See you bandwagon flannel wearing posers in Dec..Oh wait not one of you posers have the huevos to show up to the stick in a Seahawk jersey..

  7. seahawkgoat says: Oct 29, 2013 6:54 PM

    norcalmafia –

    Do you really think Seahawk fans, or any fans for that matter, are “scared” to show up wearing their teams uniform to an away game? Unless of course we’re talking about the Raiders, where you might actually get stabbed.

    Having said that, 9ers look ridiculously good. Seahawks haven’t looked good at all on offense, and uninspiring on defense. I don’t think anyone would be surprised if SF beats Seattle at home. But that “pathetic” offense lit the 9ers up earlier in the year, so I guess you’d better put a beatdown to continue your ignorant tough guy barking

  8. norcalmafia says: Oct 29, 2013 7:01 PM

    Hey Seahawk goat I know its hard to get news up there in Alaska or wherever the Seahawks play but Candlestick is a way tougher venue then Oakland my flannel wearing friend.

  9. eastcoastninerfan says: Oct 29, 2013 7:04 PM

    Seahawks destroy us in Seattle, but the Niners get the win in San Fran. It’s all gonna come down to the “other” games. We’ve both been beaten by the Colts (granted, Seattle looked better than us in their game) and we both still have the Saints on our schedules. The only difference between our two clubs is that’s a home game for you guys.

    Looking forward to a great race to the finish! Doesn’t matter how we get there…,just get there!!!!!

  10. fittedorganix says: Oct 29, 2013 7:09 PM

    Superior team…I’m so sick of sea chicken fans talking about how much better they are then the niners. 1 game ahead of us at the halfway point real funny. You would think they went to the SB last year or for that matter have a Super Bowl. The fact is this…Seattle has desperately tried to build a team to beat the niners which is ok…but really forgot about the rest of the league thus the reason why teams like the skins, atl, NO, GB and any other team in the nfl can best you guys. The niners on the other hand are built to win for years. Good luck with harvin, and the rest of your riod taking team and stay out of the rain. See ya at the stick!!!

  11. bubba9er says: Oct 29, 2013 7:10 PM

    Last night was the hardest I have ever rooted for a team other than my 9ers.

    It does say something about the Seattle struggles that they barely squeaked by a hapless, headless Rams squad that had Kellen Clemmons at QB.

    The Rams played SF tougher than just about anyone last year. Wish they could have pulled out a win last night just to see Pete Carroll break his face chewing his gum in anger.

  12. sportnorcal says: Oct 29, 2013 7:12 PM

    We hate you. You hate us.
    Both teams are great with incredible bench depth, nasty defenses and exiting mobile, young QBs.

    Everything a rivalry SHOULD be.
    I wish we could play each other every other week.

  13. chicagotomahawk says: Oct 29, 2013 7:14 PM

    I got free tickets to the preseason game against the Viks and I thought they were shooting Malibu’s Most Wanted 2 there because all the wannabe gangsters look like such clowns in their XXXXL gear.

    Raider fans scared of Niner fans? I don’t think anyone’s scared of SF fans especially the superior fanbase in the bay. Only people who need to watch out for themselves at the stick are women, kids, and the elderly. If you’re a man over 5’6 you’ll be fine.

  14. seahawkgoat says: Oct 29, 2013 7:20 PM

    And the Clink is a way tougher place to play than SF. What’s your point?

    I’m really impressed by your flannel comment. I almost missed it in all of your previous posts, so I’m glad you used it yet again.

    Clean it up

  15. norcalseahawkfan says: Oct 29, 2013 7:24 PM

    norcalmafia talks like a 10 year old tough guy. Talk all the crap you want, internet tough guy. You would drop to the ground like Don Chedel if any one in a Seahaws jersey came after you. (Chad Brown)
    Tell us what Im talking about and if you cant you will prove that you are just an unimformed child.

  16. bigjd says: Oct 29, 2013 7:27 PM

    How does a question about when Crabtree will return turn into a pissing match between Seattle and San Francisco fans?

  17. uplate5301 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:28 PM

    Seahawks have a a great team. No doubt about it. Probably the best team this year that the club has ever fielded. But Seahawks fans are the most insecure fans in the league. Probably because for all their bluster, the Seahawks have not yet won anything more than individual games. There are no Lomabardi trophies in their trophy case. And until they do, it’s all noise that fades rather suddenly post-season….. year after year, after year, after year….

  18. seahawkgoat says: Oct 29, 2013 7:29 PM

    fittedorganix says:
    Oct 29, 2013 7:09 PM
    Superior team…I’m so sick of sea chicken fans talking about how much better they are then the niners. 1 game ahead of us at the halfway point real funny. You would think they went to the SB last year or for that matter have a Super Bowl. The fact is this…Seattle has desperately tried to build a team to beat the niners which is ok…but really forgot about the rest of the league thus the reason why teams like the skins, atl, NO, GB and any other team in the nfl can best you guys. The niners on the other hand are built to win for years. Good luck with harvin, and the rest of your riod taking team and stay out of the rain. See ya at the stick!!!

    ________________-

    Seattle is 5-1 in the last 6 games against all those teams you just listed. But that was still a really good try.

    Also, Adderall is not a steroid. Performance enhancer, I suppose. But “riod” (sic) is ignorant and incorrect.

  19. norcalmafia says: Oct 29, 2013 7:31 PM

    The superior fanbase in the bay? Hahahahahah…Theres 17 million people in the SF/Oak/SJ metro area and Raider fans are outnumbered 70/30..Do you mean the superior fan base that is blacked out every other week?
    And I love all the tough guys on here talking mess about the stick then here comes another article about a Saint seahawk etc fans how they feared for their lifes for wearing another teams jersey….haha

  20. jimeejohnson says: Oct 29, 2013 7:31 PM

    Coy and football don’t go together.

  21. sfsugator says: Oct 29, 2013 7:39 PM

    Colts blasted both of these teams.

  22. gosfvr says: Oct 29, 2013 7:41 PM

    bigjd says:
    Oct 29, 2013 7:27 PM
    How does a question about when Crabtree will return turn into a pissing match between Seattle and San Francisco fans?

    ————————————

    I root for the niners and find myself shaking my head at fans “yelling” at each other. Nothing any of us do (well, other than Hawk fans busting their lungs at the Clink or whatever-its-called field) affects the outcome of the game.
    Keep the discussion to the game, rational and enjoy the season.
    Both have great teams, both fan bases cant stand each other – fine, just dont get childish – please.

  23. norcalmafia says: Oct 29, 2013 7:43 PM

    Where the hell did all these Seahawk fans come from..4 years ago there was like only 200 of you….smh

    #@ringless losers from boring ass town

  24. 4d9erdynasty says: Oct 29, 2013 7:43 PM

    @swaggy not after that showing my friend. Definately not as superior as you think. seahawks are mediocre away from seattle. seahawks going on a 3 game losing streak after next month,watch. lose vs saints, @niners, then @giants.

  25. patriotsarespygaters says: Oct 29, 2013 7:51 PM

    Patriots are insecure because they are
    #CHEATERS
    #SPYGATE (0-2 in SB’s since no cameras)
    18-1 CHOKERS
    WELKER made BRADY now BRADY sucks and is among the worst QB’s in the league
    all pats players are made of glass
    They are the worst 6-2 team in NFL history

  26. teambringitstrong says: Oct 29, 2013 8:01 PM

    You fool laughed at the Squared Sevens when they were 1-2 and after being humiliated in Seattle and beaten down by Indy at home. You didn’t account for Crabtree, Manningham injured and Aldon Smith being off, period. Throw in Kap being hobbled and ya’ll were having a field day. Guess what, it’s a marathon not a sprint and while the Seahawks have what amounts to a 2 game lead,objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

  27. lovefootball4life says: Oct 29, 2013 8:16 PM

    It was a torn Achilles right? Terrell Suggs last year injured his months before Crabtree did and still only came back in late November. He was over weight and slow and took until the playoffs until he was relevant and that was considered a freakishly fast return. Crabtree is probably done for the year.

  28. calicokiller49 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:27 PM

    Seahawks have won more games by luck, than having a good offense. Now a good defense , and probably the best secondary in the league, they do have. Now I know the saying better lucky than good…..I use it myself….but I am so tired of hearing how good russel Wilson and co are. Russel Wilson is good at being elusive. Period. And he throws up prayers , and gets lucky. Period.

  29. thegrigga49 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:37 PM

    Honestly, it’s a shame Crab got hurt, he was arguably the best WR in the league when Kap took over. This is one of the reasons we switched to Kap…to use our playmakers more….I love Alex Smith, but he is limited. He can’t throw outside the numbers. Just look at Dwayne Bowe…he is putting up identical numbers to Smith and Crab….if he’s healthy, this offense that is scoring 30 a week at ease is gunna be unstoppable .

  30. hawkforlife says: Oct 29, 2013 8:38 PM

    but Candlestick is a way tougher venue then Oakland

    Yeah, right. And when you move to Santa Clara, home of ahhh, nothing, you’ll have a really mean team. I think I know where the stick resides.

  31. serkeljerks says: Oct 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    swaggyy says:
    Oct 29, 2013 6:31 PM
    Crabtree or not, Seattle is still the superior team.

    GO HAWKS 7-1 1ST IN THE NFC WEST.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Lol…considering the pedigree and historical backdrop of your franchise you should know…….Championships aren’t won at mid-season. They’re won in the post-season. Which, at this point in your 37 year history…could be called “a limited” history to be kind.

  32. serkeljerks says: Oct 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    seahawkgoat says:
    Oct 29, 2013 7:29 PM

    I don’t understand how a Seahawk fan could be that ignorant on what Adderall is. Adderall isn’t a PED..it’s a masking agent FOR PED’s hence why it’s lumped into the same category as a PED as it’s used in tandem with a PED.

    All that being said….I’d say it’s a sobering week so far for Seattle; 137 TOTAL yards of offense against a horrible Rams team AND lose Rice for the season (not that he ever did anything but nonetheless). Not to mention the embarrassing antics of Tate.

  33. allday420ap says: Oct 29, 2013 9:02 PM

    coy fish, that is

  34. Embrace the Suck says: Oct 29, 2013 9:15 PM

    Norcalmafia? Is that like a wine country thing?

  35. norcalmafia says: Oct 29, 2013 10:24 PM

    137 total yards against a terrible team with a back up QB..lol

  36. backdapack4evr says: Oct 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Har bawl sucks
    End of story

  37. serkeljerks says: Oct 29, 2013 10:31 PM

    lovefootball4life says:
    Oct 29, 2013 8:16 PM
    It was a torn Achilles right? Terrell Suggs last year injured his months before Crabtree did and still only came back in late November. He was over weight and slow and took until the playoffs until he was relevant and that was considered a freakishly fast return. Crabtree is probably done for the year.

    _______________________________

    Funny. You should tell that Crabtree……who has already been seen jumping on boxes and running. Greg Roman saw him and said today he was “very, very surprised at his progress.” Crab’s won’t be done. He’ll come back to contribute just in time to kick Seattle to the curb at the farewell game of the ‘Stick for the NFCCG.

  38. raiderapologist says: Oct 29, 2013 10:33 PM

    Jimmy’s next profound statement will be his first.

  39. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Oct 30, 2013 12:06 AM

    Norcalmafia,

    Up until last year, the stick was half full of opposing team fans as all you clowns sold off your tickets. Any meaningful team came to town and we could all hear their fans cheering louder on tv. Don’t come on here talking about how tough the stick is, because while people outside the area may not know it, the rest of us locals know you are all fair weather fans who caught a whiff of success.

    I’m not proud that raider fans make it miserable for opposing team fans but don’t come on here talking about how tough the stick is. Not a single raider fan I know would be afraid to walk in there with our silver and black on.

  40. bigbaldpapahawk says: Oct 30, 2013 12:44 AM

    No doubt it’s sobering. But when you play your absolute worst game of the season on the road and you still win. Things are going good my friend.

    Don’t hate.

  41. paythevig says: Oct 30, 2013 1:01 PM

    @ doitbigreggiemckenzie; Fairweather? Here’s some facts for you:

    Reported in March 2012 – the San Francisco 49ers have a home sell-out streak of 301 Games. That’s 5th in the NFL behind Green Bay, Washington, Pittsburgh and Denver. Including Hockey, Baseball and Basketball, the 49ers Streak is 11th overall.

    On the flipside, since 1995 – returing to Oakland – the raiders have had 60 Blackouts.

    There’s a reason us fans are known as the “Faithful”. The fact of the matter is, everyteam will have it’s share of fairweather fans – but to suggest that it’s a majority for us 49er fans – a sellout streak of 301 (before the 2012 season) – i’ll be the first to remind you that the weather hasn’t been very “fair” from 2003 – 2010.

    So please…

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