The San Francisco 49ers made a pair of moves on the eve of their first Training Camp practice of the 2013 season. The Niners have activated wide receiver Kyle Williams (Knee) from the Physically-Unable-to-Perform list (PUP) and have placed Michael Crabtree (Achilles) on the PUP.
The timing of Williams activation is huge for the 49ers, who after losing Crabtree for at least half the season, will need every receiver to compete and contribute. Williams has a shot at the second wide receiver spot alongside Anquan Boldin and could make a big contribution to the team this year coming off his ACL injury. Williams will compete with former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, Colin Kaepernick‘s roommate Ricardo Lockette and rookie fourth-round pick Quinton Patton to decide who will start opposite Boldin for San Francisco.
Crabtree’s placement on the PUP is a formality. There were whispers of placing him on Injured Reserve (IR) that would designate him to return, but the 49ers would want to potentially use that on someone else that may get hurt in the future. Placing Crabtree on the PUP will make him eligible to return between weeks seven and thirteen, if the Niners do not activate him between those weeks he will be ineligible to return for the rest of the season.
The 49ers also activated second-year linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) off the PUP, both Williams and Fleming are expected to be full participants in the first practice of Training Camp.
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