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49ers won’t rule out Michael Crabtree for Week 11

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The 49ers got wide receiver Michael Crabtree back at practice last week for the first time since he injured his Achilles, a development that fell right in line with reports that he’d be ready to make his return from the physically unable to perform list in the middle of November.

Tuesday’s release of wide receiver Kyle Williams offered more reason to speculate about how close Crabtree might be to returning to action. Coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t answer that question specifically, but he did say that the team hasn’t made a decision about whether Crabtree would fill the roster spot left open with Williams’ departure.

“We’ll see. I’m not going to make any predictions today on who that is, but we’ve been encouraged with his progress and there’s other options as well,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

The 49ers may need to promote tight end Derek Carrier from the practice squad in the event that Vernon Davis and/or Garrett Celek can’t play this week, something that could impact a decision on Crabtree’s activation.

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7 Responses to “49ers won’t rule out Michael Crabtree for Week 11”
  1. crapdrawers says: Nov 14, 2013 7:51 AM

    Crab is great and they need him! Aside from him it’s the worst receiving corp in the league am I right? Boldin is old and slow, Mario is ok save for all the drops, Williams just got cut, not even sure who the 3 is now, Patton??? None of these guys would crack the top 4 wideouts in Denver.

  2. skeebo80 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:48 AM

    And just to think that some Niner fan they’d be ok with Crabtree. Just hilarious.

  3. bubba9er says: Nov 14, 2013 2:00 PM

    Can’t hurt to get Crabs back. At least he has good hands. Can’t get much worse than they have had…

  4. uplate5301 says: Nov 14, 2013 5:06 PM

    They’ll only play him a few reps, but I’ll bet they’ll play him. And he’ll probably start next week. They want him to get as much playing time as he can, so that he’s hopefully back in ‘football shape’ by the Seattle game.

    And Kaepernick seems to have trust issues. If Boldin or Davis isn’t open immediately, he checks down to his safety valve without giving the receivers any time to get open….. or open enough. Boldin is always more open than he looks, just based on his ability to take balls away from defenders.

    Having Crabtree back can only raise Kaepernick’s confidence, and frankly, I think confidence issues are his single biggest deficit at the moment.

  5. cri33 says: Nov 14, 2013 5:07 PM

    Going to take more than just Crabs to get the 49ers back on track. They must get the running game going again to take pressure off Kap. And he must go through his reads much faster, get the ball out, and stop taking sacks. After last week’s disaster I would expect the team to be fully awake after its bye week slumber. If not the team can say hello to 6-4. And if Seattle continues to win the 49ers can also say “bye” to the NFC West title.

  6. goldrush36 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:07 PM

    top 5 rushing offense and this clown says they need to get a running game going… Slap yourself

  7. pnwl4a says: Nov 14, 2013 7:07 PM

    Getting Crabs won’t matter much…. Kap has been figured out, pressure and the QB falls apart, unable to check down through his WR’s, contain and he either dumps to his safety valve or takes the sack…. Saints win… Seattle wins… 9’ers are done.

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