The San Francisco 49ers have struggled with depth at wide receiver for the whole season. They entered the season without wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who tore his Achilles tendon during offseason workouts. They even had to use Vernon Davis at receiver in preseason practices and training camp. The 49ers are getting closer to having Crabtree return to the starting line up. Crabtree has been working out and practicing to an extent.
“[H]e had a week of running routes, of sprinting, pushing the sled, lifting, training and catching,” Harbaugh said of Crabtree’s work out regiment this week. “He wasn’t part of the team workout, but controlled would be the best way to say it.”
Despite all that promise and work, Crabtree won’t be available for the 49ers on Sunday. Ultimately he needs more time.
“It doesn’t look probable, no,” Harbaugh told reporters on Friday.
Disappointing indeed because quarterback Colin Kaepernick could use the help. The 49ers pass offense ranks dead last in the NFL with an average of 173.9 yards per game.