Back in Camp Alex Part 1 Edition wide receiver Michael Crabtree showed up, ran some routes on the field during the first day and then sat out the rest of the player organized workouts with a foot injury. At the time I thought it was Crabtree being his normal self of not wanting to practice however the injury was serious. So serious that Crabtree will be out four to six weeks.
Crabtree will miss out on his third straight training camp and preseason making it 0-for-3 since he entered the NFL. In his first season in 2009 Crabtree was a rookie holdout. Last season Crabtree had a neck injury that was questioned by teammate Vernon Davis on how serious it was. Now Crabtree, who injured the same foot he had surgery on before the 2009 NFL draft, will miss all of training camp and most likely not appear in any preseason games. Crabtree was placed on the physically unable to perform list and can be activated any time before September 3 when rosters must be set at 53 players.
Crabtree missing the last two years worth of training camps and preseason games was unacceptable. While his injury this time around is legitimate it is still disappointing and a setback for new head coach Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers start training camp today without their presumed starting quarterback (Alex Smith cannot join the team until August 4), starting/star running back (Frank Gore is a holdout) and number one wide receiver (Crabtree out with a foot injury). If we want to have rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick assume the starting role over Smith at quarterback having Gore and Crabtree not around on the field will hinder that possibility. Smith is also at a disadvantage, mainly with Crabtree, as he learns the complexities of Harbaugh’s offense. Smith and Crabtree showed they were not on the same page plenty of times last season which had to do with the two not getting in sync during training camp and the preseason games. Harbaugh’s headaches seem to be multiplying in his first training camp as head coach. No one said this was going to be easy for Harbaugh but it will be interesting to see how he responds.