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Michael Crabtree declares himself “ready to play”

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For a guy coming off such a major injury, who is such a major part of the 49ers plan, the big news was relatively simply delivered.

I’m ready to play,” wide receiver Michael Crabtree said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Crabtree practiced for three straight days this week without complication, and will be back on the field Sunday when the 49ers play the Rams, his first action since suffering a torn right Achilles in May.

Crabtree could be the shot of adrenaline the 49ers passing game needs, as quarterback Colin Kaepernick has looked lost at times without him this year. Crabtree led the team with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns last year, and no one’s approaching that level of production without him.

Anquan Boldin has been good (52-724-5) but the 49ers lack the kind of dynamic element Crabtree can bring. But Crabtree didn’t want to build up his return too much.

”I don’t want to hype nothing up,” Crabtree said. “I just want to go out there and play ball like I do every Sunday when I’m out there. It’s going to be good to be out there with everybody.

“It’s really going to be great to be out there with Anquan, though, somebody I looked up to when I was younger, and play beside him. Last year, I had Randy Moss. This year, it’s Anquan. Every year, they give me somebody that’s a vet.”

The vets are fine. What the 49ers need is someone who can stretch the field reliably to take the strain off the running game, and Crabtree’s their best bet to do that.

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19 Responses to “Michael Crabtree declares himself “ready to play””
  1. sweetzinger says: Nov 30, 2013 8:46 AM

    He’s still slow. But he should help.

    Why can’t the 49ers figure out the WR position? It’s been 10 years of ineptitude.

  2. osiris33 says: Nov 30, 2013 10:06 AM

    He won’t make an impact. It takes until year 2 for a player coming off an injury like this to come back to full form.

  3. otistaylor89 says: Nov 30, 2013 10:10 AM

    He had 85 catches and 9 TDs last year – you don’t think that any good for a guy who’s 26?

    If he didn’t get hurt he would have certainly added to those numbers, making him a ProBowl type receiver. I think most teams would be happy with a ProBowl receiver who performs well in the playoffs against top defenses.

  4. toybkshr says: Nov 30, 2013 10:28 AM

    Sorta like “The Captain going down with the ship” storyline!

  5. jrazz22 says: Nov 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    osiris33
    Nov 30, 2013, 7:06 AM PST
    He won’t make an impact. It takes until year 2 for a player coming off an injury like this to come back to full form.
    —————————————————
    He won’t make an impact…right. You Seattle turds are some of the worst fans in all of sports.

  6. dirtydrew says: Nov 30, 2013 11:04 AM

    As a 49ers fan, I just think he is trying to change the perception that he is injury prone before his contract is up.

  7. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Nov 30, 2013 11:44 AM

    This guy will never be the same. Last year was a fluke anyway.

  8. florioleadswitnesses says: Nov 30, 2013 11:50 AM

    osiris33 says:
    Nov 30, 2013 10:06 AM
    He won’t make an impact. It takes until year 2 for a player coming off an injury like this to come back to full form.
    ____________________________________

    Brent Grimes had a similar injury last year and he is one of the top corners in the league.

  9. adderal says: Nov 30, 2013 12:39 PM

    He will still have to be respected due to what he’s done in the past, its gotta help some.

  10. dukeearl says: Nov 30, 2013 1:08 PM

    Seattle fan hear,
    Good luck with coming back from the injury.
    Many times the timing will be off.
    Might be a little “rusty” to say the least.
    I’d rather he was 100% as I don’t want any injury excuses when the Hawks play the 49er’s in Candlestick.
    I don’t think the presence of Crabtree will make a huge difference. Seattle owns Kaepernick…
    He should add a tattoo to his collection.
    “Property of the Seahawks”

  11. thesportgenius says: Nov 30, 2013 1:11 PM

    He’s got a month to play his way into shape and be ready for the playoffs. The regular season is about surviving, staying healthy, and peaking at the end. The Niners are on track. Once the playoffs start anything can happen.

  12. kaeptovernon says: Nov 30, 2013 1:14 PM

    otistaylor89 says:
    Nov 30, 2013 10:10 AM
    He had 85 catches and 9 TDs last year – you don’t think that any good for a guy who’s 26?

    If he didn’t get hurt he would have certainly added to those numbers, making him a ProBowl type receiver. I think most teams would be happy with a ProBowl receiver who performs well in the playoffs against top defenses.

    What are you talking about? He got hurt in the off season

  13. dukeearl says: Nov 30, 2013 1:44 PM

    thesportgenius says:
    Nov 30, 2013 1:11 PM
    He’s got a month to play his way into shape and be ready for the playoffs. The regular season is about surviving, staying healthy, and peaking at the end. The Niners are on track. Once the playoffs start anything can happen.
    ******************
    49ers have a few tough games coming up, losing those games may mean losing the chance to play in the postseason.
    Need to be “in” the playoffs before anything can “happen”.
    Rams, Seahawks, Cardinals can all end the 49er chances.

  14. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Nov 30, 2013 1:47 PM

    When was this guy good? When the whiners were running that gimmick offense that everyone has figured out? Lmao at you fools. This guy is going to make ZERO difference for you. But keep your hopes up and maybe AZ or Philly won’t take that last playoff spot from you.

  15. noffy32 says: Nov 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    East coast Niners fan here and I knew there was a reason not to go to the pacific north west. They are just Canadians who don’t know what an American football champions looks like. Crabtree can only open up other receivers eh?
    Stick to weed and coffee. That’s what you guys are good at.

  16. ravenswhat says: Nov 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    Cue the morons. This dude is a legit top 15 WR in the NFL when healthy.

  17. dacktle49 says: Nov 30, 2013 6:20 PM

    He was great the previous two seasons when the 9ers won back to back division titles. The 9ers are a great team and they are getting healthy at the right time. Cheattle has a tough 5 game stretch so here’s to them being yesterdays news and going 0-5 in December choking away the division and shutting the big traps of all you bandwagon front running South Alaskan losers in Junkietown!

  18. rogerrodgers says: Dec 1, 2013 12:20 AM

    That achilles is in danger of …

  19. uplate5301 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:20 PM

    For those saying he won’t make an impact, Crabtree had two catches for 68 yards. Not bad for his first game back. And the big immediate impact is.. you can’t afford to stack 8 or 9 in the box with Crabtree out there with Boldin and Davis. The Rams did it anyway, and got burned for it.

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