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Harbaugh says Crabtree won’t be activated for Saints game

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Like many of his peers, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh likes to keep his cards pressed tightly to his ubiquitous black long sleeve T-shirt-sweatshirt hybrid.

When it comes to whether receiver Michael Crabtree will make his 2013 debut on Sunday against the Saints, Harbaugh was uncharacteristically chatty.

“It doesn’t look probable, no,” Harbaugh told reporters on Friday.

To say the Niners need Crabtree would be an understatement along the lines of saying Harbaugh needs to expand his wardrobe.  The passing game has sputtered this year, with Colin Kaepernick averaging 157 yards passing per game since hanging an unexpected 412 on the Packers (who were expecting that many rushing yards) in Week One.

Crabtree tore an Achilles tendon during offseason workouts.  He returned to practice on November 7, which means the 49ers have until November 28 to add him to the active roster or shut him down for the rest of the season.

“[H]e had a week of running routes, of sprinting, pushing the sled, lifting, training and catching,” Harbaugh said regarding Crabtree’s practices in recent days.  “He wasn’t part of the team workout, but controlled would be the best way to say it.”

After traveling to New Orleans, the 49ers visit Washington for a Monday night game, then host St. Louis and Seattle.

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16 Responses to “Harbaugh says Crabtree won’t be activated for Saints game”
  1. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 16, 2013 10:39 AM

    Harvin beats Crabtree back…Seahawks beat niners again. It’s become a habit.

  2. jeffk89 says: Nov 16, 2013 10:50 AM

    Harvin has been out the better part of two NFL seasons. He also suffers from chronic migraine headaches, so no…I wouldn’t say the Seahawks “beat” the Niners on that deal. Crabtree returning from a torn Achilles tendon in ~ 6 months is an incredible time frame. Nice try though!

  3. sonoco says: Nov 16, 2013 11:11 AM

    The 49ers didn’t trade away high 2013 draft picks for damaged goods . . . so no.

  4. blackhawks2010 says: Nov 16, 2013 11:14 AM

    Niners are in trouble…

  5. sweetnlow44 says: Nov 16, 2013 11:23 AM

    Does he really still suffer from chronic migraines? Maybe you should look into that because he doesn’t. Nice try though.

  6. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 16, 2013 11:30 AM

    9-1 > 6-3…

    Which team did better without their #1 option at WR?

    Even without Harvin Seattle would be better than frisco with Crabs. Harvin is a luxury. Lynch, Wilson, a healthy O line, and an elite defense are more than enough to get homefield advantage and a trip the the SB. Harvin is the chess piece that wins the Hawks the Lombardi though. You guys see it coming, don’t you? You’ll see it first hand when you get mopped up on Dec. 8.

  7. aldante66 says: Nov 16, 2013 11:48 AM

    another former Packer with an injury. Note to 31 nfl teams, don’t trade or pick up former packers, they are all injury prone. Bishop to Vikes, one play, out for season. Zombo, not sure if he ever made it through pre season.

    Teddy boy has a penchant for drafting late round picks other teams passed on due to being injury prone, or smallish div II players, or slow of foot, third round forgotten Div I players.

    That is why they have all the injuries, they also have all the bums.

  8. ravenswhat says: Nov 16, 2013 12:22 PM

    However, Crabtree will be activated in the hotel after the game with multiple women.

  9. sportfanz says: Nov 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    I hate to admit it but I think I am actually starting to root for the seahawks as they try to win something of significance… maybe then their immature/asinine fans will start acting like they have won something. Hats off to Seahawk fans who are enjoying their teams current success in a classy way…good luck to you.

  10. kaeprulestheworld says: Nov 16, 2013 12:41 PM

    When it’s all said and done, everybody’s will be a niner fan.

  11. 49erstim says: Nov 16, 2013 12:41 PM

    @assuredmutualdestruction….. Harvin is Seattle’s #1 option? He hasn’t played a snap of Seahawks football! I’m sure most Seattle fans do not agree with you. He’ll be a great addition when healthy, but you disrespect your own team when you call him your #1. Positions are earned in football.

    As for December 8…… Seattle currently has the better record and confidence in your team is justified. I happen to believe SF will come out victorious at home. They (as well as Seattle) are getting healthy at just the right time. That game should be a fun watch. Can’t wait.

  12. adderal says: Nov 16, 2013 12:44 PM

    They need him but its to early. Judging by how long he held out on rookie signing he’s gonna want to be a ten million dollar a year guy and I don’t think they will pay so even though we need him we should get used to being without him

  13. pacificnw7722 says: Nov 16, 2013 1:00 PM

    Brees is going to light up the whiners like the 4th of July…..mark it!

  14. deepthreat88 says: Nov 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    Pacific, Niner defense will slow Bree’s down to a reasonable 20 points at home(nobody stops Bree’s). The question is can Roman dial up a passing attack that gets the Saints out of 8/9 men in the box.

    Niners 21, Saints 20

  15. stanleybucasas says: Nov 16, 2013 4:25 PM

    Oh I’m sorry, what have the Seahawks won that has any significance in the last couple years? That’s right…NOTHING!!!

    Begging, and Whining, and starving for attention…everywhere you look Seahawks fans are yelling like little brothers that they are to look at them, praise them, give them their due!

    Even ‘whiner’ haha seahawks fans call nfl xm radio shows DAILY begging for attention LOL.

    Win something that matters and you’ll get it you ‘whiners!’ Until then all you have to hold on to are your victories over the 49ers – Losers.

  16. 22yearsagotoday says: Nov 16, 2013 8:16 PM

    stanleybucasas: you sound terrified of Seattle. They’re not that great. Don’t worry.

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