On Monday, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke with the Bay Area Media about a variety of issues dealing with the Niners before their first official practice of training camp on Friday.
One of the topics Harbaugh talked about was the rehabilitation of injured wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon at the Niners OTAs in May and he is expected to be out at least until December. Harbaugh said of Crabs rehab,
[Crabtree’s done] everything he was asked to do. [The doctors] feel very good about where he is right now. I wouldn’t categorize it as ahead of schedule because he’s just starting now to start moving on it.
It’s been healing so far, but it looks great. That’s from the words of the doctors. Again, optimistic there and Michael did a tremendous job post-surgery.
In the interview, Harbaugh also said the 49ers will place Crabtree on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Placing Crabtree on the PUP list enables the Niners to activate the wide out during the regular season. But not before he is fully recovered and able to play in games. After the first six weeks of the season, San Francisco would have to take Crabs off the PUP list in three weeks in order for him to be able to play in 2013. Then the Niners would have another three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster.
Wide receiver will be one of the closest watched position battles at training camp for the 49ers. Anquan Boldin will be one the number option at wide receiver until Crabtree returns, while A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette will battle it out to start opposite him.