The news broke on Wednesday afternoon that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon and he has already began the recovery process. Crabtree underwent surgery on the torn Achilles, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Crabtree is expected to need at least six months to recover from the surgery.
If all goes well, Crabtree would be back on the field for the 49ers in Week 12 of the season.
It is a very unfortunate setback for Crabtree, who is coming off of a season that had career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,105) and touchdowns (nine). Losing him is also a devastating blow to the San Francisco offense.
Without Crabtree, the 49ers will have to rely heavily on Anquan Boldin, who was acquired during an offseason trade, and 2012 first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins. Last year’s No. 2 wide receiver Mario Manningham is also in for a big role, while this year’s fourth-round pick Quinton Patton could be poised to burst onto the scene in his first season.