Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) scores a touchdown past Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) in the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh avoiding a timetable for Michael Crabtree's return

The San Francisco 49ers passing game has been pretty much a two-man show. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis amount for more than half of quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s completions and two-thirds of his yardage this season and all nine of his touchdown passes.

Kyle Williams is the second leading wide receiver on the team, and he has 11 catches for 108 yards. Fullback Bruce Miller has produced more than him with 14 catches for 158 yards.

So, the window for Michael Crabtree to return from his injury opened and head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked when he’d return but he avoided the question.

From Pro Football Talk:

Asked if Crabtree’s return in a few weeks is “still doable,” Harbaugh had this to say:  “That’s doable.  I’m not going to make any proclamations or profound statements, but he’s right on track for, at some point here, weeks.”

Asked if the middle of November is the target, Harbaugh stuck to his non-specific guns:  “Some amount of weeks.”

The 49ers certainly could use him, but rushing him back doesn’t make any sense either. When a player comes off the PUP list, he can return to practice anytime between week six and week 11. When he does return, the team has three weeks to activate him or shut him down for the season. Activating him would mean releasing a player on the roster to make space.

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