Michael Crabtree returns to limited duty in practice for 49ers


It’s been two weeks since Michael Crabtree was last able to participate in practice for the San Francisco 49ers.

Crabtree is improving and managed to get his feet wet once again on Wednesday in some light drills.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Crabtree suited up for practice and took part in some half-speed drills with cornerback Tramaine Brock.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Crabtree was “working through something” but declined to elaborate when initially asked about the injury.

Crabtree is obviously getting close to being able to get back into full duty for the 49ers. There certainly isn’t a rush.

Crabtree missed 11 games due to injury last season, but posted 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012. All were career highs. The 49ers passing offense struggled in Crabtree’s absence last season. Ultimately, he just needs to be ready to go by September 7 and San Francisco’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.