Michael Crabtree Could Return Ahead Of Schedule
By Allen Kim
The San Francisco 49ers passing attack has been inconsistent and out of sorts at times this season, but they're hoping that Michael Crabtree's return to the field changes all of that. Michael Silver of the NFL Network reports that Crabtree is expected to make his debut in mid-to-late November, putting him slightly ahead of his original recovery timetable if he does indeed hit the early part of that estimate.
“I don’t think there’s any specific day or date,” said Roman. “If we can get him back this year that’d be gravy. I think the way he’s working now, it’s quite possible, but again, I think you probably want to talk to the medical staff."
Crabtree tore his Achilles back in May, and there were some concerns that he wouldn't return at all this year. Optimistic projections placed his return around Thanksgiving, which means he's progressing right on schedule.
“I always check in with our receivers," said Kaepernick. “He’s a worker. He comes in and works every day. It doesn’t surprise me at all.”
The 49ers could certainly use his presence on the field. QB Colin Kaepernick has thrown for 1,221 yards on 55.9 percent throwing with eight touchdowns and five interceptions thus far this season. After exploding for 412 throwing yards in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick failed to top 170 passing yards in four straight games. While he finally broke 200 yards after a breakout game from TE Vernon Davis, Kaepernick will need his full complement of receivers if he hopes to have more consistent success in the passing game.