49ers WRs Crabtree, Manningham set to return

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) catches a pass over Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) in the first quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco is about to get a big boost at the receiver position.

Mario Manningham is scheduled to be activated and added to the 53 man roster on Tuesday, and Michael Crabtree is reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab from Achilles surgery.

According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, Crabtree will be back in late November, and at the latest early December.

It has been widely reported that Manningham will get some snaps when the 49ers return from their bye to face the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park next Sunday.  If Crabtree is indeed due back by late-November, that could put him in place to return against the Washington Redskins on November 25th – meaning San Francisco only has to endure two more games without being full strength at wide receiver.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman is ecstatic about the possibilities.

“There are problems and there are good problems, and that’s a good problem,” Roman told 49ers.com, via CSNBayArea.com. “With Mario and Michael coming back into the fold, you’re talking about two excellent receivers that have done it on the big stage. To throw that into the mix with Anquan and what Anquan has brought to this team on so many levels, now you’re talking about a complete arsenal.”

Topics: Carolina Panthers, Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree, New Orleans Saints, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins

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