Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) catches a pass ruled out of bounds against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers clear Michael Crabtree to practice


In a case of the rich getting richer, the San Francisco 49ers have cleared wide receiver Michael Crabtree to return to practice, this according to Taylor Price of 49ers.com:

The San Francisco 49ers will have Michael Crabtree at practice for the first time in 2013. The fifth-year wideout has been cleared to practice with the 49ers as of Tuesday.

Crabtree has been out for the first nine weeks of the season as he suffered a torn Achilles during Organized Team Activities in the offseason.

Original diagnosis’ suggested that Crabtree wouldn’t be able to return until some point in December, though, a few weeks back head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested that Crabtree was ahead of schedule and could return to the field in mid-to-late November.

That appears to be holding true, assuming there are no setbacks.

It’s not expected that Crabtree will be available for the 49ers’ game against the Carolina Panthers this weekend, though, a Week 11 or 12 return isn’t that outlandish. Crabtree will have a maximum 21-day period to practice before the team has to make a roster move.

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